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Clifton Suspension Bridge Fireworks

On the 8th of December 2014, the magnificent Clifton Suspension bridge will be 150 years old. To mark the occasion, what better way than a massive fireworks display exactly 150 years after magnesium flares were lit to announce to the world that it was open for business – just before being blown out by the high winds!!

Spanning 702 feet and 3 inches of the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, the bridge’s total length is 1352 feet and forms part of the B3129 road.

The bridge was built with the initial design from Isambard Kingdom Brunel who sadly died before the construction was finished and it was amended by engineers William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw,

In the past it earned the name “suicide bridge” thanks to the number of people who threw themselves off the bridge before barriers were erected to prevent people from doing so. It became such an issue that the local government erected a plaque with the Samaritans phone number.

In April 1979 one of the first bungee jumps was performed from the 1500 ton structure by the University of Oxfords dangerous sports club but one of the luckiest people to have crossed the bridge was one Sarah Ann Henley, who in 1885 fell off the bridge but due to the heavily layered dress and petticoats she was wearing, she floated down the 245 foot drop with her dress acting as a parachute saving her from certain death. Miss Henley went on to have a full and rich life into her 80’s seemingly no worse for the mishap.

Not so lucky was flying officer John Greenwood who in 1957 attempted to fly an R.A.F Vampire jet under the bridge while performing a barrel roll before crashing into nearby Leigh woods killing himself and causing a landslide over the Bristol to Portishead Railway line. Since this time, only one other recorded aircraft has successfully flown under the bridge, which was a police search helicopter.

Although there is a fee for vehicles crossing the bridge, there is still an act in place to charge 5p for pedestrians and cyclists, but this has never been levied.

The massive fireworks planned won’t be the first display the bridge has seen. Back in 2006, the Clifton Suspension Bridge it saw its biggest display to date when it was the centre piece for the Brunel 200 weekend marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose designs inspired William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw.

The bridge is very close to the hearts of those living in the region and the celebrations will bring this community together to reflect on what an absolutely massive achievement it was to get the bridge across the huge expanse that is the gorge and the waterways close to Bristol.

In addition to the fireworks on the 7th December 2014 there will be a procession and a small re-enactment of the celebrations which took place 150 years ago, the North Somerset Community Brass Band and the parade will end at the newly completed Suspension Bridge Visitors Centre which was created thanks to National Lottery Funding.

Lets hope some of the visitors are around for the 200th anniversary of this majestic, Grade I listed structure.

Watch this space for more pyro news.


Clifton Suspension Bridge fireworks: Thousands mark 150 years


Calling all American Ex-Pats

The USA celebrates independence from Britain 238 years ago and there is no indication of this joy waning anytime soon.

Over the last couple of weeks we have had an unprecedented number of orders from all corners of the UK wanting fireworks for their friends, family and loved ones either who are ex-pats or visiting on holiday. From US airbases to teachers who have been over in ‘Blighty’ for some time the orders are rich and varied and the one thing that makes fireworks in the UK better than over in the states – we are allowed more flash powder than they are! So, if their biggest barrage contains 500 gm of flash, ours contains almost 2 kilos of explosive.

The biggest of the bunch is the Ultimate Devastation which launches 200 shots in 35 seconds and packs an incredible 1900 grams of powder (explosive power) and at half the RRP it is everything it should be, BIG, BRIGHT, BOLD AND INCREDIBLY LOUD – Just the thing for your 4th July celebrations.


If you are holding an event to celebrate Independence Day, get in touch with us immediately to ensure that you will receive them in time.



Can I Carry Fireworks On A Plane?

Warning about taking fireworks on the plane!!

Over in the States it appears that there are a massive number of people who try to take fireworks with them when returning home for the 4th July celebrations to such an extent that they have to put out a Public Information Film reminding them that taking fireworks on an airplane (aeroplane) is illegal.

The Transport Security Administration takes steps annually to draw people’s attention to what they can and more importantly cannot take on board a plane.

Last year, the security staff at airports retrieved literally tonnes of fireworks across the States and this is despite of the numerous notifications both in the press, on TV and detailed around the airport. The rules say ‘All flammable and explosive materials, including fireworks, are prohibited at all times’. Fairly clear I would have thought!

July 4th is now only a couple of days away – stay safe and only buy your fireworks from an established retailer – there is an old adage, if it looks too good to be true it probably is!

Finally, if you are here in the UK and plan to have a few fireworks for Independence Day, we will be collating all deliveries to arrive before next Friday so if you need anything, please get your order in as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.