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700 Rocket Mushroom #EpicFireworks

700 BIG BOY ROCKETS + 1 MADMAN = TOTAL MAYHEM

Colin Furze is, first and foremost, a really nice man (if a little crazy) and on reaching 6 million subscribers, he wanted rockets to celebrate the achievement so one call and a courier trip later, the fireworks were delivered, and he was ready to rock and roll once again.

His plan was to launch as many rockets as possible, but this, of course, was not going to be an easy task, but, Colin does tend to ‘think outside of the box’ (a few years ago the men holding the straight jacket would have been at the door). This creation was to be almost an amalgamation of two of his previous projects; the death star and the truck launch of rockets.

Firstly, how to launch these bad boys? He created a large ring of mesh for the top of the launcher and a smaller one below to enable the rockets to mushroom outwards. Then of course, once the base was secured and checked, how on earth do you light this number of rockets in one fell swoop and still maintain the ‘Furze-effect’?

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This is where Colin’s abilities as a plumber come to the fore as he created a flamethrower for under the mesh out of copper to enable him to flash fire to the fuses. This he was going to light with a rocket, so he needed to attach a rocket to a rope which was to be launched towards the gas.

He carried out some extensive pre-testing etc to make sure he was not going to set Lincolnshire afire. He also wanted it to be high up so the JCB was to lift the mushroom up at the top of the hill (well, in Lincolnshire its difficult to find a ‘hill’ so it was more of an incline!) and waited for night to fall.

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Once lit, it was clear that it was going to be a huge success, but Colin and his friends got out of there pretty sharp once the rockets started launching!

ANOTHER AMAZING JOB COLIN – here at Epic Headquarters, we think that your next project should be a Girondola.

All the rockets used in Colin’s video footage were supplied by EPIC FIREWORKS.

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CHIOS ROCKET WARS

This celebration contains some of our favourite fireworks; ROCKETS!

The yearly spectacle of rocket wars descends on the Greek island of Chios in the village of Vrontados over the Easter weekend. This amazing event is unlike any other that you will witness in the world it includes over 60,000 rockets that are handmade and fired from residents of two opposing camps into each other’s rival churches in the village.

Chios Rocket War

The churches of Agios Markos & Panagia Erithiani are 400 metres apart on the hills on either side of the village. Preparation begins on the Saturday morning as the rivals set up the meshing on all the windows of the churches to protect them along with setting up the ramps in certain locations from where they shoot the rockets. Some of the rockets are launched as a test to make sure that they are correctly positioned and on target of the bell of the opposite church tower. With the numbers building on both the locals and the visitors throughout the afternoon and early evening the rivals get ready and into place ready for the stroke of 8pm.

Just before the battle commences there is a loud horn sounded, after this a volley of thousands of lights and sound as the rockets are lit and fired in every direction like shooting stars filling the air with bright lights and smoke. The congregants with all the madness going around them amusingly still attend the church for the evening mass which is still an important element of the Rouketopolemos.

The rockets are supposed to cease when one of the church bells are hit but amongst the noise this always is missed or if it is heard they still carry on regardless, the rockets do eventually stop at 12:30am on Easter Sunday. Both of the parishes normally end up claiming victory to themselves and then a casus belli (reasons for waging war) is agreed for the following year.

It is not known exactly why and when this celebration came about, and there are various theories on why the rocket wars started but all we do know is that the tradition has been upheld every year at the same time at Easter since the 19th century. After the event has ceased then becomes the big clear up operation as the area around and in between the churches are littered with the leftovers from the rockets, the white walls of the churches have black scorch marks from them and some rockets still stuck in the meshes covering the windows. The local rivals are quick to take a look over at the opposing side to see where and how many hits their rockets made.

Then its back to preparations for the next years festivities and another round of Rocket Wars !

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