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End of A-Level Exams Firework Party

Last week our regular customer (Freddie The Pyro Man) came along to buy some fireworks for a small fireworks show to celebrate his end of A-Levels exams on 22nd June 2012.

Here are the firing order and the video from the display.

The firing order was as follows:
1) Rev Wheel
2) Multi-colour Atomic Mine
3) 2 x Typhoon Twister
4) Sky Lab
5) Iron Man
6) King Cobra
7) 2 x Raging Bull
8) Space Blaster (5 rockets) + Heavy Metal Rocket

All the best Freddie, and we wish you every success in your future studies 🙂

champagne fireworks

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Mystery Circle By Cai Guo-Qiang

Wait. Have I got this right? Is he gonna shoot the fireworks at us?

That was the general concern on Saturday 7th April 2012 as the world-famous Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang readied his explosion show outside the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. After all, fireworks should go up, vertical, away from people – not towards them!

But Cai didn’t get his reputation as a world-renowned pyro artist by doing what’s expected. “Mystery Circle” would be no exception.

“You will witness something remarkable,” said Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA’s director, in his short opening remarks. He added, “It’s going to go by very quickly. Make sure you don’t miss it”.

You couldn’t if you tried. Around 1940 the sky rapidly darkened, the 2-minute warning was given, then it was 1 minute, 30 seconds, 10 seconds, a spirited countdown and then boom.

40,000 rockets, arranged on the northern wall of the Geffen Contemporary in a crop circle-like pattern, exploded outward in a massive display of light, heat and sound. The packed crowd gathered just a little to the side and at a safe distance away, went wild. Most cheered ecstatically; though many were seen to duck and cover.

“I think I pulled a muscle,” said one, straightening up after the explosion nearly toppled her. “It looked like a firework was about to hit me in the face!

But it wasn’t over. As the remnants of the crop circles burned on the wall, greenish UFO spinners were launched and, in the final phase, the headpiece of an alien god figure ignited in a finale of explosions. The whole shebang, part of the Cai’s lifelong project to connect with space and extraterrestrials through art, lasted a little under 2 minutes.

Everything might not have gone off exactly as planned, some people were left wondering whether the UFOs actually achieved lift off, but that’s part of Cai’s process: preparing meticulously, but accepting the unexpected.

Cai, who directed the visual and special effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, still remembers his first time launching a single rocket at a canvas, when he was a young artist in the early 1980’s.

“Never did I think that 30 years later”, Cai said through a translator Saturday night, “I’d be using 40,000 rockets and lighting them off all at the same time”.

Here is more of Cai Guo-Qiang amazing work:

Painting With Fireworks – http://epicfireworks.com/blog/2012/04/painting-with-fireworks/

Gunpowder Creates A Beautiful Piece Of Artwork – http://epicfireworks.com/blog/2009/12/gunpowder-creates-a-beautiful-piece-of-artwork/

Qatar In Biggest Ever Daytime Fireworks Show – http://epicfireworks.com/blog/2011/12/qatar-in-biggest-ever-daytime-fireworks-show/

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The BIG Rocket Debate

Rockets appear to have the most ‘forum’ or online discussions than any other object in the Firework industry.

The aficionados of the pyro world remain divided so let’s have a look at the choices in detail.

In this instance, we will first of all check out the 1.3g Rockets.

The King, without question the most talked about rocket in the fireworks industry for the last 4 years. A stunning example of a top spec rocket. On explosion a beautiful brocade of gold stars that hang in the sky for around 20 seconds. It really is a beauty. At £29.95 each, this is one of the most expensive on the market at this time.

Up against it we have Epics fantabulous (yes I know, it’s a made up word) Sky Thriller. It is an astounding single burst displaying a seemingly un-ending descent of giant glittering golden stars falling from a golden willow display in the skies. This must be seen to be believed. At £14.95 each including VAT, it is truly excellent value for money.

Then of course there are the 1.4 range of rockets available. Whilst not as powerful as the 1.3g rockets available, they are a brilliant addition to any garden display.

The Nemesis – At a very reasonable £4.20 pack inc VAT, this 7 rocket pack selection produces fabulous aerial effects including yellow, pink and purple stars, strobes and crackles. This low noise speciality should be let off concurrently for best impact.

Mega H Bomb – This is the loudest of the 1.4g category rocket. Costing £3.96 for 11 rockets they are really excellent value for money. Mixed aerial effects which are best achieved again with a concurrent release.

So whether its family and friends in the back garden with a jacket spud or a full on organised display, we have the right rockets to send you gathering off into the clouds.

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