Category Archives: 1.3g rockets

700 Rocket Mushroom #EpicFireworks

700 BIG BOY ROCKETS + 1 MADMAN = TOTAL MAYHEM

Colin Furze is, first and foremost, a really nice man (if a little crazy) and on reaching 6 million subscribers, he wanted rockets to celebrate the achievement so one call and a courier trip later, the fireworks were delivered, and he was ready to rock and roll once again.

His plan was to launch as many rockets as possible, but this, of course, was not going to be an easy task, but, Colin does tend to ‘think outside of the box’ (a few years ago the men holding the straight jacket would have been at the door). This creation was to be almost an amalgamation of two of his previous projects; the death star and the truck launch of rockets.

Firstly, how to launch these bad boys? He created a large ring of mesh for the top of the launcher and a smaller one below to enable the rockets to mushroom outwards. Then of course, once the base was secured and checked, how on earth do you light this number of rockets in one fell swoop and still maintain the ‘Furze-effect’?

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This is where Colin’s abilities as a plumber come to the fore as he created a flamethrower for under the mesh out of copper to enable him to flash fire to the fuses. This he was going to light with a rocket, so he needed to attach a rocket to a rope which was to be launched towards the gas.

He carried out some extensive pre-testing etc to make sure he was not going to set Lincolnshire afire. He also wanted it to be high up so the JCB was to lift the mushroom up at the top of the hill (well, in Lincolnshire its difficult to find a ‘hill’ so it was more of an incline!) and waited for night to fall.

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Once lit, it was clear that it was going to be a huge success, but Colin and his friends got out of there pretty sharp once the rockets started launching!

ANOTHER AMAZING JOB COLIN – here at Epic Headquarters, we think that your next project should be a Girondola.

All the rockets used in Colin’s video footage were supplied by EPIC FIREWORKS.

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1.3G VS 1.4G FIREWORKS AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS

We are frequently asked a question more than any other; ‘what is the difference between 1.4g and 1.3g fireworks?’ Now, this is where it begins to get a little more complex. Up until 2017, all fireworks in the UK were classified under British Standard (BS) and everyone learned over the years what each of the different classes included and meant in relation to pyrotechnics.

Under British Standards, there were two available to the general public; garden fireworks with a 5m safety distance and display fireworks with a 25m safety distance. Both garden fireworks and display fireworks could be classed as 1.3g or 1.4g consumer fireworks.

1.3g is the more hazardous and they will contain more explosive power than 1.4g fireworks – this can be up to 5 times more powerful.

You can always tell if a firework is 1.3G or 1.4G by the CLP on the firework itself:

1.3G Fireworks CLP begins with DANGER (See the example picture below)

1.4G Fireworks CLP begins with WARNING (See the example picture below)

CLP - 1.3G Fireworks and 1.4G Fireworks

Today, the new CE standards are EU wide but there are still certain products that despite being permitted under European Law, our Health and Safety Executive decided to maintain the ban on some old favorites like aerial shells, bangers, screech rockets and of course air bombs.

Under CE the new classes are:

F1 INDOOR FIREWORKS – THIS WOULD INCLUDE THE ICE FOUNTAIN
F2 GARDEN FIREWORKS WITH A 8 – 15 METRE SAFETY DISTANCE
F3 CONSUMER DISPLAY FIREWORKS – 25 METRE SAFETY DISTANCE
F4 PROFESSIONAL DISPLAY FIREWORKS – THESE CAN ONLY BE USED BY SPECIALLY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS

NEC (NET EXPLOSIVE CONTENT) – this indicates the amount of explosive content (the quality of the content is also important to remember) there is in a firework piece. For example, one of our most popular cakes weighs a total of 7.7 kilos but has a maximum explosive content of 1 kilo. Generally, the term NEC is used but some refer to it as NEM (NET EXPLOSIVE MASS) or NEQ (NET EXPLOSIVE QUANTITY).

Although it is not always as apparent as some may think if you check into some of last year’s products with the 1.4g label like the 90 shot Aquarius barrage from Black Cat fireworks which is pretty, loud and at 6 kilos not a lightweight and contains 0.8 kilos of flash powder but is still classified as requiring a 25m safety distance because it is over 500g in NEC. However, when it comes to rockets, there is a huge difference and we would recommend 1.3g for decent effect rockets.

Today, due mainly to the changes implemented, the maximum NEC on any single barrage is 1 kilo but this rule does not apply to compound cakes which are viewed as a number of smaller cakes which are fused together.

If you are in doubt or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch as we will be only too happy to help.

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Testing Testing Testing. The Beautiful Love Rocket.

We are fortunate enough to be suppliers of some of the biggest rockets in the UK but over the years, the more popular ‘big effects’ like the massive willow on the Sky Thriller rocket or the giant coconut ring with golden pistil centre of the Heavy Metal has been overtaken by the beautiful Love Heart rocket.

This beauty is the most romantic firework we sell and is the best and most consistent heart effect in the UK today.

Perfect for weddings, engagements, anniversaries or even Valentine’s Day is a lovely way of letting everyone know how much they mean to you.

The video shows the Love Heart Rocket being test fired following our contacting the manufacturers in China to check the flight and burst and as you can see, it’ blooming lovely.

The Stats:

£14.95 each (RRP £29.99)
Length: 1240mm
Head diameter: 80mm
Safety distance: 25m
Noise rating: 7/10

So all you lovers, get along to see us just off Junction 36 of the M1 and let the man, woman (or dog – it takes all sorts!) know just how much you love and appreciate them in style.

PLEASE NOTE – LIKE MANY SHAPE EFFECT ROCKETS – THEY CAN GO WRONG – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

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