Have you ever wanted to be a part of a World Record attempt?
A group of firework enthusiasts have come up with a cunning plan to create, build and successfully fire the worlds largest fireworks display shell. For those of you that don’t know what a shell is, please see an example picture below of a 16 inch firework shell.
With the assistance of the Kickstarter Campaign. The team have from now until the 3rd April 2014 to raise enough funding to make this attempt a reality and with a target of $55000.00.
For those of you wondering why they need $55k, here is the breakdown by Fred Hopper:
The $55,000 is based on the estimate of having the shell supplied with Chemicals,
1500 pounds at $6.00 per pound average from Aaron. that is $9000.
We will also need to have the Stars made at a cost of about $5000 on top of the chemicals, and I am pretty sure I am underestimating because we may very well need to make some molds and tooling for the press. So, make it $6000
We also need to create the Machine to tape it. I don’t think I want to do it by hand. Last year Jim Widman (wasp machine) told me approx $20,000, and I thought that would be more like $25,000.
With the Tube, using the External Concrete method, We are looking at another $5000 for the forms (3 ten foot lengths, 60″ n Diameter) and the concrete to fill in around. Could be cheaper if we fill it with sand, and of course we could not feel good leaving a 60″ hole thirty feet deep hanging around, so back fill with sand.
We are up to $45,000 estimated right now, and have not yet fulfilled the incentive awards for the Kickstarter backers. That will be mainly Wallet Cards, CD’s and Photograph’s, T-shirts and Hats.
If we pay for an adjudicator from Guinness, they want $8000. I told them we will probably have to do that part ourselves, and as we know, there are hoops to dive through.
If there is anything left (it wont be much unless I am underestimating the power of “crowdfunding” (I Hope!), split between the team for a Launch Party. I have tried to keep it as close to the bone as possible, but It will take some funding, as you know.
A shell (short for bombshell) is a spherical shaped firework mainly used in professional firework displays for huge events like the Olympic Games or New Year’s Eve. Shells are fired from a mortar tube and will reach high into the sky and will burst at anything from around 117 feet for a 2 inch shell to 481 feet for a 36 inch shell. Below is a video of a typical firework shell.
In this case, the proposed shell is going to be 60 inches in diameter and will weigh in the region of 1700lb. The burst on a shell is dictated by its size and works on the principle of 45 feet diameter burst per 1 inch of shell diameter (this will depend on how tightly packed the shell is too).
Using the equation a two-inch shell will give a resultant burst of 90 feet. So the supersized shell in this case will give you a burst which is a staggering 2700 feet across.
The current World Record is held by Japan. They fired a 1534lb shell of 543 ¼ inches into the skies over Hokkaido on 15th July 1988 and the burst was a staggering ¾ of a MILE across.
The team planning this have some challenges ahead with in particular getting a shell of this weight and size into the air with enough force to lift it but without affecting the integrity of the actual shell.
Furthermore, the stars to be used will have to be extra long burning as they need to burn as long as possible, and at the same time, ensure that they will not hit the ground still burning. Stars, as outlined in one of my previous blog posts, are little cubes of explosive mixture containing a mixture of salts and metals to create colours, sparks and effects.
The proposed launch dates and site are still at the planning stage but they anticipate that it will be ready for launch late 2015 and they are looking for a ‘space’ big enough to enable safety distances of 8400 feet (over a mile and a half wide).
If you do wish to make history and of course gain yourself a Guinness World Record certificate of participation, why not help the team out. You can pledge anything from $1 to $7500 or more and each different level of funding will entitle you to a bigger slice of the cake.
If (and we hope with all our hearts this is a when) this attempt is made, we will bring you all the news.
Great News peeps ….. The first eight of our containers are arriving at Felixstowe on Monday and are packed to the top with quality pyro.
Following on from an exceptional season in 2013, we found ourselves left short of stock across the board and made the unprecedented decision to order immediately after 5th November to replenish our depleted product range.
The goods are being transported aboard the Cosco England, one of China’s largest container ship. This massive vessel was launched in late autumn 2013 and made its maiden voyage to Shanghai, the biggest container port in the World. At an impressive 366 metres long and 52 metres wide – the size of three full-sized football pitches (1200 feet long and 170 feet wide) and it takes more than 13000 containers.
The goodies on their way include lots of the fabulous King Hell SIB, more of the rocket volleys (the awesome rocket volley sold out early last year again despite buying 4 times what we had the year before) and of course, lots of the old favourites like Thunderous Finale and Screaming Spiders. The old favourites will be joined by the new Heavyweight SIB. This 1.3G bad boy boasts 107 massive shots of different effects including silver fish, crackle cloud, stars, palms and lots of colour, which we are sure that everyone will love.
This is of course just the beginning of the deliveries of products from the Far East. The next shipment of containers are due in June as we don’t want to run the risk of being caught out by the hot weather over in China, which completely halted any production until the government agreed that it was safe to continue last year.
On a final note, we would recommend that anyone planning a big display this year bears in mind that we cannot guarantee that you will receive what you want if you leave your purchases until the last-minute, so get your order in early to avoid disappointment.
See you all soon.
WHAT: The 26th National Pyrotechnic Festival 2014
WHERE: Tultepec, Mexico
WHEN: 1st March to 10th March 2014
Each year, visitors flock to the region of Tultepac, Mexico between the 1st and 10th March for the National Pyrotechnic Festival.
This year’s event is the 26th of its kind and is held for St John, patron saint of the Pyrotechnics Guild.
This week-long spectacular includes some weird and wacky events including the Castillo de Torre or Tower Fireworks Competition and a magnificent Musical Fireworks Competition featuring seven of Mexico’s best firework display teams. Unfortunately, the event is not yet open to international competitors, which is a bit of a shame but the week is packed full of fun and fireworks of all types including mechanical, musical and the ‘burning of the bulls’.
Throughout the week, there will be fireworks, rides and attractions including small ‘toy’ fireworks, pyro musical competition and of course a number of other fireworks displays.
One of the main features of this magical occasions the ‘Pamplonas’ which translates as the ‘running of the bulls’ which involves 250-300 bull shaped wagons loaded with thousands of rumble down the cobbled streets and always firing pyro in each and every direction. If you aren’t moving pretty sharply you could end up being hit about the person by trying to dodge the rockets, flares and firecrackers.
Not for the faint hearted as you could no doubt see from the pictures but a fabulous event nevertheless.