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The British Firework Championships 2014 Plymouth

The event began in 1997 at a group called TESA (The Events Services Association) after many years of discussion the feasibility of holding an annual fireworks competition which was to give competitors the opportunity to show off their respective talents.

After checking out all the suitable sites which could possibly house such an event, they settled on Plymouth Hoe as with its natural amphitheatre giving a panoramic viewing platform from the Port and Plymouth Sound for the beautiful fireworks.

Six teams are drawn annually to compete and every 6th year, they hold a ‘Champion of Champions’ event featuring the last ‘superchamp’ and the last 5 winners in an all out battle royal.

This year’s British Firework Championships event is over two nights, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August and the following teams will take centre stage:

Tuesday 12th August 2014

• Shellscape
• Blitz Fireworks
• Northern Lights Fireworks

Wednesday 13th August 2014

• Pyro 1
• Reaction Fireworks
• MLE Pyrotechnics

All six of these teams are exceptional and are known nationally as experts in the field of display pyrotechnics so the crowds are in for a treat.

As well as the fireworks, there will be plenty of additional entertainment on offer:

• Funfair
• Attractions
• Rides
• Music supplied by Heart FM
• Food and drinks concessions

Good luck to all competitors and we will bring you the pictures and video as soon as it becomes available.

Are you really bothered about the shape of a firework rocket?

Are you really really bothered about a shape of a firework rocket

Are you really bothered about the shape of a firework rocket?

Anyone who has seen the film ‘Syrup’ or been in the marketing industry will no doubt attest to, there are a great many aspects to consider when marketing or selling a product, not least of all size and shape.

So, this begs the question, does it really matter what shape a rocket is? When all is said and done, the shape has little to do with the propulsion of the item as proved with the beautiful ball head rocket but is the shape really about our expectations of the rocket based on the fact that it ‘looks like’ the rocket you drew at school when you were 6!

The reality is when you go to the firework factories in China and have a rocket designed and produced you will be offered ten alternatives for the shape of the finished product head. Now some, you will of course recognise instantly but what about some of the others? Skulls, balls, crosses, arrow shapes and triple ball heads??!!

Let us know which option you would choose and why?

Did you know?

Did you know that fireworks including elements of all of the following disciplines:

• Chemistry
• Physics
• Aerospace engineering
• Materials sciences
• Fire science
• Psychology
• Neurosciences
• Risk management

Basically, fireworks are a clever and ancient combination of elements packed into a tube and burnt causing a chemical reaction which is dependent on the chemicals used.

Fireworks started out as being used to scare away evil spirits but soon they cottoned onto the idea that they would cause damage and were thereafter used as weapons.

Research into ‘greener’ fireworks is gathering pace as they replace some of the more noxious substances like potassium perchlorate within fireworks to Nitrogen based alternatives which they hope will retain the same impact of colours and effects without any of the toxicity issues.

The planning of a professional fireworks show is more about maths and muscle than anything else. Professional firers have to establish safety distances for each item as they can differ massively dependant on the type, size and shape of shell or mine being utilised.

Given the various scientific disciplines involved and that we are just over 6 miles from the City of Sheffield’s fantastic Hallam University, one of the country’s top ten places to study Chemistry in the UK, it is not unsurprising that we get visits from the students and their families en route. One young man, called in on his way to the Halls of Residence and collected some firework paraphernalia for his walls!

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