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Day One At The British Fireworks Championships

Last night saw the British Firework Championships get under way on Plymouth’s Waterfront as the first three teams took to the skies in perfect conditions on a beautifully balmy evening.

Phoenix Fireworks 9.30pm

Highly experienced Phoenix Fireworks hail from Sevenoaks and are one of the top pro firing teams in the UK and hold some of the biggest accolades in the industry.

They got underway and there appeared to be something amiss from the outset as random slices appeared to fire out-of-order and the structure of the display, which has always been ‘on point’ for previous examples of their work was definitely out of kilter. A couple of minutes in, we had some major dark sky which pretty much confirmed the technical issues they were experiencing. An awful shame – particularly given the amount of work which goes into creating competitive displays but they battled on and the quality of their pyro and the bursts on their shells were just awesome. I especially liked the cross over slices with the smiley faces and the gold to silver horse tails were just beautiful. Some of the fast firing ground work was particularly lovely.

A great showing (apart from the tech issues) and the finale was absolutely AMAZING.

Spyrotechnics 9.50 pm

Next up, the professional team from Spyrotechnics of Chesterfield – this team are no strangers to the silverware either with wins at several of the Firework Champions events.

Great opening and the early blue centred super shells were wonderful. All very symmetrical and rich and varied colours and nice effects and they had some glittering strobing horse tails which were just lovely and held the air for an age.

Make sure you check out the finale video below – filmed in 4K by Pyro Productions.

On point from the first burst. A most enjoyable display which will certainly take some beating. The huge glowing orbs at around 7 minutes in were incredible – like massive bright Chinese lanterns gracefully rising into the night sky and the jellyfish were amazing. The finale – what can I say that the crowds didn’t – OMG it was, to coin a phrase like a bombing raid – Great job well done Spyrotechnics.

Essex Pyrotechnics 10.10pm

Last up on day 1 were the team from Essex Pyrotechnics who hail from Newport in Essex. This team has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years with their innovative displays and their own pyrotechnic expertise.

Nicely paced throughout with some lovely (if a little off centre?) shell breaks but one burst at around 3 minutes burst incredibly low (brown pants time!). The groundwork was really good with some great colour combinations.

The space ships and falling glitter were awesome and brought forth a number of oohs and aahs from onlookers along with the sublime sweeping fans.

The finale brought forth some lovely shells with super-bright flashes and a lovely close to a wonderful evening of pyrotechnics in this lovely setting.

Tonight sees Fantastic Fireworks, Gala Fireworks and Galaxy Fireworks take to the stage. If you are in the area, get along to the Hoe for a beautiful evening of entertainment for all the family.

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Plymouth British Fireworks Championships 2014

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WHAT: British Firework Championships 2014
WHERE: The Hoe, Plymouth
WHEN: Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2014
OPENING TIMES: To be confirmed

The details for next year’s British Fireworks Championships in 2014 have been released.

This years event will be bigger and better than ever according to organisers as the beautiful Plymouth Sound plays host to the best display companies in the UK.

Over the two days, Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2013 there will be not less than four tonnes of pyro going up into the night sky.

The event is great fun for all the family and not being over the weekend it involves anyone holidaying or staying in the area to see particularly when they have more than 200,000 people visiting the Hoe to see the next professional team to be crowned British Firework Champions.

The 2013 champions Star Fireworks were awarded Champion of Champions following the shocking weather in 2012 with gale force winds made it impossible to see the fireworks well and the decision was made to hold over the result and re-compete.

We will bring you the running order as soon as it is confirmed as I am sure this is going to be battle royal this time around.

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British Fireworks Championships Off To A Wet Start

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The gathering throngs from the first day of the 16th British Fireworks Championships had to prepare for the weather as usual in the UK as the heavens truly opened.

Mick and Jo from Hull contacted us yesterday to let us know that they were on their way down and the weather was not going to be a deterrent as the pyro nuts gathered in force.

This year’s championships are a Champion of Champions competition featuring some of the finest fireworks firers in the UK at this time. The six teams will compete over two nights to prove who truly can say that they are the best of the best. Marked on a range of factors, the competitors fire a staggering array of rockets from the Mount Batten Breakwater.

The spectators were pelted with rain yesterday evening as the first night got underway. Being the UK though, the majority of the crowd had come to the display ready for anything. Some of those watching have been visiting the display for many years and continue to do so with their own families having to be there with their parents and grandparents in the past events.

Last night kicked off with displays from Star Fireworks, Phoenix Fireworks and MLE Pyrotechnics. For tonight three more former champions – Selstar Fireworks from West Sussex, Pendragon Fireworks from South Wales, Jubilee Fireworks from the West Midlands – will attempt to take the coveted title which brings with it the honour of being Britain’s top firework company.

Unfortunately, due to massive storms and high winds, the event had to be closed for safety reason as there were waves coming over the top of the seawall. The decision has been taken to re-organize both evenings next year instead of in the interests of fair play. I am certain that the organizers didn’t take the decision lightly and we look forward to next years’ event.

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