Do it yourself firework displays....
A good solid show is not of out reach even for the beginner.
The market now has some quite advanced products -
With a bit of common sense and some basic preparation you will
able to entertain the crowd safely.
Some of main things to take in to consideration are:
- The Display Area
- You are going to need at least 25 metres
between you and your Audience
- A big area behind and to the sides of
your firing area. Nothing obstructing over
head or anything hazardous in the immediate
display area e.g. a petrol station or corn field etc
- A good selection of different types of fireworks.
- A firing order or plan of what sequence
you are going to set the
Designate helpers and allocate tasks
- Set up
- Mark an audience safety barrier using
tape or barriers
- Lay out the fireworks and secure them
before the show
- You can weather proof simply by
covering with bin bags
- Is a major factor. If the wind is in the
wrong direction i.e.
towards or across the audience,
remove rockets from your display
- If the wind is too strong don't be afraid
to postpone the show
and remember the wind is usually
much stronger higher up
- Wear protective clothing at least goggles,
a baseball cap and gloves
- Make sure everyone knows what they are
meant to be doing
- Split the team up so each firer operates
their own area
- Essential to use Portfires
this saves a lot problems.
Light at arms length and always light the
tip and not the middle. If the firework
doesn't go off leave it -
DO NOT go back! After
the show dowse it in water
- Clearing up
- After the show check for fireworks that
did not go off.
When in doubt dowse everything in
water and bag it up
- Do not let anyone enter the display area
until it is safe
- Never throw spent fireworks on to the bonfire,
they may still be
live and shoot off into the
audience or at you!