Facts About Fireworks

  • Fireworks are a class of explosive pyrotechnic devices used for religious, entertainment & artistic events. 
  • Firework displays are a collection of pyrotechnic devices ignited in a pre-determined order to entertain a crowd. 
  • Firework displays can take the form of wedding displays, firework competitions, or the most common form (in the UK) of a Bonfire Night display. 
  • Fireworks have 4 primary effects - noise, light, smoke and floating material.
  • Firework displays have become not only popular but more and more common throughout the world and are often now the main focus of religious or cultural events. 
  • The earliest record of the detonation of fireworks dates back to 7th Century China, the country where they were invented. 
  • Chinese culture dedicated that fireworks be used for many different forms of celebration and from here popularity of fireworks spread.
  • To this day China remains the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. 
  • The rocket is the most weel-known form of firework, and the first were used in war. Rockets can reach speeds up to 150mph.
  • The first fireworks are thought to have been made in China around 2,000 years ago. These are known as Chinese Crackers which are illegal in the UK.
  • The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
  • By the time Queen Elizabeth I came to power (1558-1603) there existed a title of 'Master of Fire' for the person who created the best fireworks. 
  • The word for firework in Japanese, 'hanabi' means 'fire-flower'.
  • 50% of all firework accidents happen to minors due to them handling the hot metal of sparklers after then have seemingly finished burning. 
  • Englishman Captain John Smith was the first person to put on a firework display in the USA. This became a better-known fact in the story of Pocahontas. 
  • 3 sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch. 
  • The world's largest single firework was a firework shell set off in Japan in 1988. The shell weighed over half a tonne and was used during a festival. 
  • In the UK, throwing a firework in a public place is a criminal offence punishable with up to a £5000 fine.

Firework Safety: 

Last year over 900 people in the UK required hospital treatment from accident with fireworks, so here are some firework safety rules to follow. 

  • Never play around with fireworks - they are explosives and can cause harm.
  • Only adults should light fireworks. 
  • Stand at least 25 meters away when watching fireworks and do not entre the firing sit for at least 12 hours after a firework display unless you absolutely have to. 
  • Never go near a lit firework and never return to a firework, even if you think it has failed to ignite. It could go off unexpectedly. 
  • Fireworks frighten your pets, so keep then indoors, or better still have them looked after by someone who lives nowhere near your fireworks site. 
  • If given a sparkler, make sure you are wearing gloves and hold it at arm's length. DO NOT touch your sparkler even when you think it's gone out. Place it in a bucket of water instead.