Visiting The BIGGEST Firework Factory In Beihai. Episode 9.

SERIES 1 – EPISODE 9 – VISITING THE BIGGEST FIREWORK FACTORY IN BEIHAI. 
DATE – SUNDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2012

We were all at breakfast for 0800 sharp and started to sample the food on offer. As I mentioned in episode 8 the food at this particular hotel was awesome and we made the most of it.

Breakfast At The Local Restaurant - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Fresh Fruit For Breakfast  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

We had arranged to be picked up from the hotel at 1000 and the journey to the factory was just under an hour.
The physical size of factory was absolutely huge – it covered an area of over 4km squared and employed over a 1000 workers. The factory produced everything from small rockets to large professional shells. The factory also had it’s own dedicated professional display team which went all over China to perform awesome firework displays.

Big Mortar Tubes For Firing Shells  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Touring The Fireworks Factory - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

There was shed after shed after shed of workers producing fireworks. As i mentioned in episode 4 most of production at this time of year was for the American market who need the fireworks for the 4th July celebrations.

Outside The Fireworks Factory  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Worker Fusing Barrages Together - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Workers Making Barrages In The Fireworks Factory  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Stacks Of Barrages In Fireworks Factory  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Room Full Of Firework Tubes - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Fan Barrages For The US Market  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Room Full Of Tubes  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Inspecting The Build Quality  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Fan Barrages In Production In Fireworks Factory  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Fan Barrages In Firework Factory  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Below are some short videos i took of the workers making the fireworks and a guy who’s job was to break down the red China clay which is used as the bung in the bottom of the tubes – did you ever wonder why it was a reddish colour?

There were massive rolls of paper ready to be turned into tubes.

Big Rolls Of Paper For Tubes  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Bundles Of Tubes  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

A Basket Full Of Shells At The Fireworks Factory  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Fireworks In Production At The Fireworks Factory - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

At last, we got to see some of our own products being made, dr thrust, king cobra, heavy duty and humming hornets :)
The factory doesn’t normally manufacture fireworks for the UK market at this time of year, but because we had very little stock left after a very busy 2011 they had agreed to make our fireworks early and ship them asap.

Dr Thrust,King Cobra And Humming Hornets In Production At The Firework Factory  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Heavy Duty 64 Shot - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Rows Of King Cobra  - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

The factory also specialises in top quality display shells, check out the video below.

Loads Of Firework Shells - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

The factory tour took around 3 hours and it was soon dark, time for the firework demo. There was 73 items (mostly 1.3g barrages) to be seen in total, luckily it wasn’t raining and the temperature was bearable.

Here is an example of a demo sheet that i talked about in episode 3. The demo list gave you the order in which the firework were to be fired, the type of item (eg, roman candle, mine, sparkler etc.), the number of shots, tube size, powder weight, the packing (eg, 12 roman candles to a carton), shape/dimensions and the firework effects.

An Example of a Fireworks Demo List in China

Firework Show List

Firework Demo In China

An Example of a Fireworks Demo Sheet

An Example of a Fireworks Demo List

An Example of a Firework Demo List

An Example of a Fireworks Demo Sheet In China

An Example of a Firework Demo Sheet

The firework demo took around 2 hours to complete, below are some of our favourite fireworks from the demo night :)

More videos from the demo night can be found on the official EpicFireworks YouTube channel.

After the demo we made our way back to the hotel. We arrived around 2300, ordered a few beers and discussed what we liked / not liked and what needed tweaking, by this I mean some fireworks were may be too slow, or too fast etc…

Drinks At The Lobby - Epic Fireworks China Trip 2012

Tomorrow morning we would go back to the factory with a list of what we’d like to see again, confirm the prices, confirm the packing, go through the videos from the demo night etc.

Tomorrow afternoon we had planned to go to Brothers Pyrotechnics to meet the boss Garry Wong (picture below with Jimmy), the rest of the Brother’s team and have another fireworks demo :)

Epic Fireworks - Jimmy Singh and Garry Wong

To be continued…

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