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Smoke Ring

A smoke ring machine, also known as a vortex cannon or tub-thumping cannon – smoke rings have fascinated men probably since the cave man days.

If you would like to try to make your own, then here’s how:

You will need:
A smoke or fog machine (ask a D.J mate to borrow his a while)
A large plastic bin, a 32-gallon garden waste bin would be perfect.
A heavy-duty refuse sack to fit in.
A golf ball
2 bungee cords
And a sharp strong utility knife (Stanley type).

1. Cut a 6-inch hole in the base of the bin.
2. Cut a piece of the sack a little bit bigger than the top of the bin.
3. Roll up the golf-ball in the middle of the bag and secure with a small bungee cord, then run the long bungee cord through the smaller one.
4. Secure the bin bag to the bin with tape and attach the longer bungee cords to bins handles.
5. Fill the bin with smoke/fog, pull back the golf ball, release, and see massive smoke ring fire across the yard.

Easy enough – let us have pictures if you manage to create your own.


demonstration of the inappropriate use of fireworks

On Thursday 9th October 2008, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, Grampian Police and Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards Service will launch their inter-agency Bonfire and Firework Safety Campaign.

A practical demonstration of the inappropriate use of fireworks will take place. A firework will be placed in the pocket of a clothed mannequin and the firework ignited. The powerful images will convey to the public the dangers associated with firework misuse.

There will be an opportunity for interviews with:

Group Manager Ally Birkett and Firefighters of Grampian Fire and Rescue Service
Inspector Alan Keith of Grampian Police
Graham Shand of Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards Service

Group Manager Ally Birkett, Head of Community Safety, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service said, ‘Grampian Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommend that you do not hold your own bonfire and fireworks party and that you attend an organised and steward event instead’.

He added, ‘Fireworks are explosives not toys. If they are used inappropriately they have the potential to cause severe injury or death.

The safety of the public is Grampian Fire and Rescue Service’s main concern. We want people to enjoy themselves and not to take risks’.