Real or Fake, still amazing

China is acknowledged throughout the World as being at the forefront of the production and creation of some of the best pyro available. However, when it came to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, it has been proven that many of the effects seen were actually created with lights and lasers and not with fireworks as we expected.

Now we do accept that firing pyro can be a little bit hit and miss, particularly when it comes to some of the specialist shapes and colours which can go a little bit awry (how many have seen the upside down heart or smiley face?) but still, if it is meant to be live, it should be exactly that.

Even the viewers in attendance at the stadium were misled into believing that the fireworks were real when in fact they were 3D graphics sequences that had taken almost a year to create. The thing which really pushed the boundaries of believability and brought the subterfuge to light were the now infamous ‘footprints’ which were perfectly picked out in the skies over Tiananmen Square. Whilst we know full well that the footprint fireworks were indeed real in the initial stages, in the interests of keeping it real so to speak, we all believe that they should have just had the pyrotechnics as arranged and not try to be something that they are not.

Under whatever circumstances, and taking out of the equation the ‘non-fireworks’ issues, the opening ceremony was absolutely brilliant and one which will go down in the history books.

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History of Gun Powder

UK Festival of Fireworks by Dave Carter

Gunpowder was not invented overnight, as far as historians can tell, it was a gradual process over hundreds of years to get from the initial discovery of an unknown explosive substance, to the sophisticated black powder that we know today. In 142 AD, during the Han Dynasty, a man named Wei Boyang wrote the first recorded text regarding gunpowder. He wrote about a concoction of three powders that would “fly and dance” violently in his “Book of the Kinship of the Three”, which detailed the experiments made by the early alchemists. It’s impossible to be absolutely certain that he was talking about gunpowder, but there is no other explosive known to scientists that uses three powders.

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New for 08: Block Buster

EpicFireworks - BlockBuster 37 Shot

The mighty Blockbuster from Epic Fireworks. This monster-sized barrage has 30mm bores meaning it produces absolutely massive shots every time, providing some big and brilliant effects. Loud peonies and swarming bees break at top height while pretty 2 stage mines give lime green flared fountain style effects. This means 2 height levels of effects at the same time. This quickly moves on to silver strobes and alternating electric crackles with purple, blue, red and pink stars. In short, this is an extremely large and busy firework and should please anyone looking for big effects and big bangs.

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