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Happy New Year from EPIC FIREWORKS

As 2014 draws to a close, there is just enough time to reflect on the past year.

We were honoured in the Summer to meet with Professor Stephen Hawking, then we helped out a madman inventor and supplied fireworks for everything from funerals to fun days from John O’ Groats to Lands End and everywhere in between.

As we wave off the last of the orders for delivery as they make their way for the final delivery trips of the year, we would like to acknowledge the couriers who have worked tirelessly for us all year around – THANK YOU ALL. We could not have done this without your help and you can have a couple of months of breather before we get into the Wedding season.

Visitors to the showroom over the last couple of months will have seen the huge metal safety suit, used by the madman that is the unstoppable Colin Furze.

Colin is famous for holding a number of World Records including the biggest bonfire, fastest pram, fastest mobility scooter and the longest motorbike at an incredible 72 feet long. In the summer, he decided to task himself with creating a safety suit to enable him to stand inside a fireworks display. The results were AMAZING. His latest adventure is to ‘boldly go ….’ and set off fireworks in space whilst filming them on HTC camera’s. I don’t want to spoil the fun so if you want to check out how he did it, visit our blog:

http://epicfireworks.com/blog/2014/12/question-will-fireworks-work-in-space/

We have made thousands of cups of tea and coffee, hundreds of bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches, given 145 kilos of chocolates away and over 300 cans and bottles of water and juice to customers.

We have seen some of the more obscure weather conditions from heat waves to floods and snow to freezing fog and gale force winds (which ripped one of our signs apart!) but we still managed to get most of the orders out without too much drama.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers from near and far for their ongoing custom and support:

THANK YOU TO YOU ALL FOR MAKING 2014 OUR BEST YEAR AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EVERYONE HERE AT EPIC FIREWORKs :)

QUESTION: Will fireworks work in space?

As some of our friends will already be aware, Colin Furze madman and inventor, planned to set off fireworks in space. More accurately at 110,000 feet, that’s 33.5 kilometres and well into the stratosphere, the Earth’s second major layer of our atmosphere leaving the troposphere behind around 10,000 feet.

As Colin shows in part one of the trilogy, fireworks will work in very little or no oxygen as he proves by setting off one of our rockets in an inert gas, in this case helium. The science behind this is quite simple; fireworks are comprised of a fuel, oxidiser, binder, and reducing agents, along with other things such as colouring agents.

The most common type of fuel used in pyrotechnics is charcoal which is where we get its common name “black powder” from also known as gun powder the early versions of the explosive mixture was very weak compared to today’s higher quality powders which now contains not only charcoal the most common fuel but also in some cases thermite but which ever fuel used has to be of an organic nature to allow the process to take place.

When we set light to the fireworks mixture the fuel loses electrons to the atoms within the oxidiser, usually comprised of chlorate, perchlorate, or nitrate. This in turn lowers the reducing agent (usually sulphur) and in turn creates more atoms within the compound. Whilst this process continues, bonds are formed between the fuel and the oxidiser making a relatively stable product, but with a minimal amount of energy needed to start combustion, when ignition takes place a massive amount of energy is released as the solid mix liquefies.

The oxidiser here is the important bit as Colin wouldn’t be able to complete his mission as the oxidiser is the part of the mixture that supplies the much-needed oxygen allowing for combustion. Throw in a binder such as dextrin (a type of starch) to keep the mixture together, add a little metal salt as a regulator to speed up the process and hey presto we have an explosive material. Finally, throw into the mix a little strontium for red fireworks or barium for green, now we have fireworks as we know them today.

View the final video here to see if all went to plan.

New Year Firework Photography

It’s a well established fact today that since the eve of the new millennium that people simply LOVE fireworks and it goes hand in glove that today technology is king and today, we can all capture more of those precious memories than ever.

Our society today is such that over 80% of the population have either a decent quality camera or a phone with a good camera facility to hand 24 hours a day. That said, fireworks are renowned for being an especially difficult medium to capture on camera which is one of the reasons we always advise customers who visit the website that whilst you can view every product in our range in video format, we will never be able to catch the full effects you actually view with the human eye.

A beautiful firework appeals to our most basic need for light and colour and whether you love them or hate them (and the majority of haters don’t like them because of their noise rather than the effects of the fireworks) getting a decent shot of a firework is in itself is a task not to be underestimated.

The problem is that unless you are supremely lucky the shots you believed were brilliant at Midnight on NYE actually in the cold light of day are a little underwhelming.

The key to taking a great shot is planning. Try the following (as recommended by professional photographers):

USE A TRIPOD OR FIRM SURFACE – set the frame you want to capture and leave it there. Keeping your hand steady for any length of time is not easy and will result in blurry pictures.

SHOOT IN MANUAL MODE – set the camera ISO to LOW (the experts recommend between 50 – 100) set the aperture to F5.6 for a crisp image.

SET SHUTTER SPEED – photography specialist recommend it to be at 2 seconds.

Turn off the FLASH.

Use MANUAL focus.

Try to position yourself upwind – this will reduce the amount of smoke you will have in the shot.

Take as many shots as you can – around 100 will actually give you around 5 absolutely cracking photographs.

Some android devices have a BURST option – engage this if it is a feature of your device.

Try to get some perspective into the frame be that a tree, a building like a church or sizeable house or even a person’s silhouette – it offers a better indication of the size of the burst.

There are some absolutely beautiful shots online, captured by all manner of cameras including some very old camera phone’s (my favourite all time camera-phone was the Samsung E770 – I took some amazing pictures of everything including a lunar eclipse.