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How Fireworks Really Work

Have you ever wondered how fireworks work, well we found the perfect infographic called ‘Beyond the Boom’?

The firework infographic looks at the up and coming 4th July celebrations and explains mind-boggling facts, for example, did you know that the American firework industry makes nearly $1 BILLION annually.

Beyond the Boom – How Fireworks Work
Infographic by Ghergich & Co.

It also dissects a firework to show how they work in the night sky, how high they go, the different speeds and the performance of the different sized shells.

Another interesting aspect is the breakdown of some of the biggest and amazing fireworks displays around the USA like Macy’s firework spectacular.

The video below by Dr Nikolay Gerasimchuk, who is a professor of chemistry at Missouri State University, explains a little more about the chemical reactions of propellants and explosives inside fireworks.


4th July Firework Celebrations

4th of July Celebration Poster - Epic Fireworks

With the 4th July just around the corner, it is of course of some concern to everyone in the States that there has been more and more legislation introduced which is impacting on the numbers of organised displays taking place to take the place of the formerly private celebrations which many used to have.

In the UK we don’t appear to suffer as much from the ‘Big Brother’ syndrome as the USA as we continue to hold the right to be able to fire our own celebration fireworks and most UK towns and cities have access to all year round suppliers, like Jimmy’s to depend upon. The rationale behind this according to Health and Safety is that businesses in our position have the right tools to be able to sell effectively and safely up and down the country without the necessity to have someone stood over us for every sale. The reason – simple – we, along with numerous other UK-based firework companies have the passion for fireworks but along with this we hold onto responsibility for the safety of our products both entering the UK from overseas and on distribution.

For most of you, when celebrations come along, you simply go along to your local/preferred supplier armed with details of the budget, size of the venue and the date and time of the event and we liaise with the customer to ensure that the goods are firstly suitable, that a responsible adult is in overall charge of the event and the place is suitable for the type of pyro in use. This is because the Health and Safety Executive in the UK appears to be able to create the right circumstances to ensure their confidence in the products on sale in the UK as opposed to the USA where no two regions have the same overall views on what it is that constitutes a good product from a great supplier and therefore have the right to use them removed. A little odd when you consider that the whole of the US has the right to bear arms but cannot be trusted to safely set off a beautiful piece of pyro or indeed to safely dispose of it afterwards.

If you are an ex-pat of the USA or indeed have friends or family coming over for the 4th, why not make this a trip to remember and hold your very own, safe and controlled fireworks display and celebrate the magnificence of 1.3g fireworks first hand. Our products are rigorously tested, safely transported and come with full safety instructions, safety lighters and set up plans to ensure that you continue to have what was originally fought for, the right to choose to celebrate the freedom of independence,

Happy 4th July 🙂

Jimmy’s fireworks is open 7-days a week and has a massive range of top quality products to make sure that any party will be memorable for all the right reasons. Call in or telephone and have a chat about your event, venue and budget and we will guarantee to save you money and ensure your products arrive with specialist ADR trained couriers to your doorstep.


Muse Fireworks 2012 With David DeSafey From PyroTalk.com

This is a video from my friend David DeSafey from the USA. Dave runs an American firework forum called PyroTalk.

The video above a ‘set up in the daytime’ of the fireworks display taking place called “Thunder Over Muse 2012”.

A good friend of Dave’s is Joe. Every year Joe gathers donations from the local community to put on an epic fireworks display in his hometown of Muse Pennsylvania for the July 4th celebrations. Dave has helped Joe every year in organizing the fireworks display. The video includes setting up a 1.3 fireworks for a small community and Dave demonstrates different techniques of electric match and electronic firing.

The video below is the action from the night. Great show everyone 🙂

For all our American friends who would like to take the next step and buy 1.3 professional fireworks like salutes, Thunder Kings etc.? Then you will need an ATF license. Dave sells an awesome DVD application package that walks you through the procedure.