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Tesco Vs Epic Fireworks. Star Fire Roman Candle Pack.

Tesco Vs Epic Fireworks - Star Fire Roman Candles by Standard Fireworks

The Roman Candle is the basis for a great many of today’s fireworks and is central to many a garden display on Bonfire Night around the UK. However, the cost of the humble roman candle can vary greatly as can the effects.

Once again we would like to compare pricing with Tesco Supermarkets for the beautiful Star Fire roman candle. The effects are varied: green comets, pink glitter bursts, golden crackle clouds and spiralling purple tails to name just a few all firing 5 shots per item.

Tesco price: £150.00 including VAT for 6 packs of 4. They are not available for sale separately.

Epic price: £89.64 including VAT for 6 packs of 4. We also sell them individually at our Head Office sales outlet at £14.94 per pack of 4.

So why would you not choose EpicFireworks when we offer great value for money, excellent customer service and good old-fashioned Yorkshire hospitality with a cup of tea or coffee on request.


Roman Candle

Noun: A firework consisting of a tube that sends out a shower of sparks and a succession of balls of fire.

So why is a Roman Candle Firework Called Roman? Despite the fact that we originally used to call these devices “Polish Candles,” for some reason that name has not caught on yet. So, why were these devices called “Roman candles” to begin with?

It seems that as far back as the early 1800’s, both French and Italian authors were using the term “Roman candles” to describe such devices. Since Italy was one of the countries which greatly influenced the development of fireworks, it is not very surprising that one of its most prominent fireworks devices would have its name associated with its greatest city, and the name of its once-sprawling empire.

Traditionally, a Roman candle has been thought of as a single-tube fireworks device which fires multiple, consecutive shots of projectiles skyward, and which emits a fountain-like spray of sparks between shots.

Those projectiles can be individual firework stars, comets with various colours and effects, single crossette comets, mine-shots of multiple stars, combination star-and-report devices, or small aerial star shells.

Most barrages on sale in the UK today are created from a number of ‘roman candles’ which are literally glued together to make a cake. If they are to be a fan cake, the roman candle tubes are fixed at an angle to give the desired fanned effect.

If you have been on the Epic blog before, you may have seen the images from one of our recent visits to China showing the fireworks being made, which clearly shows how much of an art creating fireworks is and how this skill has been passed from father to son and mother to daughter for many years.

Here at Epic, we stock a massive selection of traditional Roman Candles as well as an array of barrages with something to suit everyone. We operate 7-days a week, 362 days of the year and are available to answer any questions that you may have relating to fireworks, choosing, setting up, what to do in the event of bad weather or indeed how to secure them. Give us a call anytime or drop an email over to us at [email protected] and we will endeavour to get back to you asap. If you email and need one of us to call you back, please include your contact details in the message.


Twister Roman Candle by Marvel Fireworks


Bird’s eye view of the Twister Roman Candle in our showroom in Batley West Yorkshire.

No. of Shots ——48

Effect —— comets, pearls, strobes, crackles, spinners

Colour ——- red, green, orange, silver

Duration ——- 25 seconds

Calibre ——–25mm

Fast and furious the Twister Roman Candle from Marvel Fireworks is a great addition to your bonfire night fireworks display. Coloured stars and sonic sound effects with fantastic spinning silver strobes, tiger tails, comets and crackles. These giant roman candles have always been popular sellers for us and we like to see them in bonfire night displays. Remember, every barrage you have seen is basically made up of Roman Candles, indeed the roman candle was among the first style of fireworks to be invented.

The Twister Roman Candle Barrage

See how the Twister Roman Candle compares to a can of Coca-Cola. Below see the video footage of the Twister in action.