Whilst it’s not ideal, some displays, particularly those for events like Bonfire Night where it is ticketed, must go on whether it is raining and be blowing a gale or not.
There are certain measures that you can take to avoid damage to your fireworks though even if the only protection afforded to the gathered crowds is huddling around a mug of hot soup.
Our best advice is to, first of all, buy some swing bin liners. The thin and cheap type are the best as they offer the best protection from the rain and you can readily light fireworks through the wrapper without having to remove them.
Pop your barrage into the bag, tie it securely and then gaffer tape it to a board (for stability) and you are ready to go. It would be best if you could do all this indoors whether that is a shed or some garage or another. Now if you are not expecting bad weather but are setting up in an area where it may have been damp, it is still in your best interests to make sure they are as protected as possible as we found last year when one of our customers set up on the beach long after the tide had gone out but the sand was still very wet resulting in damage to the fireworks.
In the case of rockets, you should push the provided launch tube firmly into the ground until such time as it can bear the weight of a large rocket without falling over. Cover again with the cheap plastic bags and leave the fuse cover intact until firing time. I would add though that you should check to see if they can easily be removed beforehand so you can loosen them as in some cases they are glued into place and it could be difficult to do this in the dark later on.
The principal is the same whatever the firework – keep it dry and it will be beautiful and forget to do so and you will end up with potentially hundreds of pounds of soggy cardboard box!!
If you are needing any help or assistance with your display, whether it relates to firing order, space, weather proofing or what to buy to suit your crowd better, just give us a call and we will try to help.