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  • Quiet Fireworks - Fireworks Shop Top 10 List

    Quiet Fireworks

    Quiet fireworks, really? People generally presume fireworks are only loud and have bright sudden flashes, however this isn’t always the case. Loud isn’t always better. Quiet fireworks optimise the effects of fireworks and can make displays look much more creative and unique. Not only that, fireworks can be stressful to some pets, so it can be hard to balance the fun and thrill of fireworks while making sure your pet isn’t frightened and scared.

    Here at Fireworks Shop we stock a large variety of quiet fireworks that still offer the same value for money and great entertainment. That’s why we’ve put together our favourite top 10 quiet fireworks that are not only perfect for any pet owners, but also those looking to add variation to their fireworks display.

    Colourful Crossettes

    This is a stunningly quiet firework by Celtic consisting of 25 shots and lasting approximately 30 seconds. The large crossettes are extremely colourful with beautiful reds and greens, allowing it to be very effective on its own or as part of a quiet fireworks display.

    Devils Delight

    With a name sounding like a wicked creature, the last thing you would expect to hear and see are small bangs and pretty colours. Yet this is an awesome 105 shot single ignition barrage (SIB) by Fireworks International. Devils Delight consists of strobing waterfalls, tourbillions and colourful comets. Such beautiful effects, along with a duration of approximately 90 seconds, makes this an ideal low noise piece for a quiet fireworks display.

    Slow then go

    As the name suggests, it starts off slow then...all of a sudden...go! By Celtic, Slow Then Go is a 60 shot fan barrage which lasts approximately 30 seconds. With large crackling comets to red crossettes, this piece is definitely sky filling; it is so impressive it makes many an appearance in our own professional firework displays!

    Snow Blizzard

    From Planet, Snow Blizzard has blindingly white strobe waterfalls partnered with a white mine. This 50 shot cake lasts approximately 30 seconds and the combined ground and sky effects make Snow Blizzard a unique firework. It is perfect for pet owners wanting to buy fireworks as there’s virtually no noise, and for those wanting variation in a larger display to slow it down slightly.

    WAP, BAM and BOOGIE candles

    These 56 shot roman candles from Celtic are definitely a favourite of ours. Three separate roman candles, three different effects. WAP candle leaves lovely silver streaks in the sky, BAM has golden spinning tails to a golden crackle, and BOOGIE has golden spinning tails to a red and blue crackle. Professional looking pieces great for any display.


    Arctic Burst

    Once again another astonishing piece by Celtic. This 35 shot fan cake is remarkably good. With a mix of blue tails to silver tourbillions and blue tails to blue chrysanthemums, this firework is a great contender in the low noise firework category.

    Virtual Vortex

    The smallest firework on the list with just 16 shots and lasting approximately 25 seconds. However, it’s not one to be missed. Being one of our best sellers, Virtual Vortex has silver spinning tourbillions throughout and is perfect for a small 8+ metre garden. A real treat for a great price!

    Glacier Rising Fountain

    An astonishing Celtic fountain with a great duration of 100 seconds. Reaching a whopping 6 metres high, this fountain will make you feel small!

    Twinkle Toes

    This quiet firework is bound to leave you with a gasped jaw! Twinkle Toes fires 30 shots - 10 sets of 3 firing in a fan effect. These low noise, deep gold comets and red strobe glittering tails with blue mine will dwarf nearby houses. If you’re looking to buy a firework that dominate the sky, this is definitely the piece for you.

    Chemical Romance

    It’s love at first sight with this Celtic firework that lasts approximately 30 seconds. A superb yet relatively quiet fan effect firework. It has 30 outstanding shots of gold coloured tip comets with mine effect to large crossettes. It’s hard to appreciate the height of this piece until you see it in the flesh - breathtaking. It is a must for any fireworks display and one to make your neighbour envious!

  • Buy fireworks at fireworks shop

    Buy your fireworks at fireworks shop - huge selection

    Finding a good quality firework shop can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You want to buy fireworks from a reputable retailer so your first choice may be a supermarket, cheap and cheerful. However, when the big night arrives, you'll soon realise you could've had more fun lighting a few matches or pulling party poppers!

    The same goes with seasonal, pop-up shops. They will promise you they’ve got the biggest and best, but they are quite frankly pathetic! Bulky packaging to look bigger, exaggerated RRPs and Buy One Get One Free offers to entice you. All this means nothing when the performance of the fireworks is so very poor. And let's say a firework doesn’t light. You go to return your faulty firework but on arrival find that the shop is closed. Not only are you left with a lighter wallet, but a half fired barrage and a disappointing night too.

    Here at Fireworks Shop we’re not like the rest. We’re licensed to sell fireworks all year round. We pride ourselves on selling you only the very best; going as far as visiting China to select new and exciting products for our customers. When you buy fireworks from us, you’ll know we’ve scrupulously fired, viewed and reviewed every product to make sure it meets our high standards. We have a wide selection of barrages, amazing rockets, fountains and much more from all the best brands including Celtic and Klasek, Planet and Prime, Jorge and Brothers. Yet this doesn’t effect our prices. Being one of the cheapest firework shops in the whole of the UK, we regularly compare our prices to other online retailers so we can offer our customers the very best value for money.

    Buy Fireworks In-Store

    In-store to buy fireworks In-store to buy fireworks

    Buy fireworks at fireworks shop. Buying fireworks from us couldn’t be easier. The shop itself contains a display of all the fireworks and with a large TV screen inside you can view every firework beforehand, making sure it lives up to your expectations. All our staff are well trained with in-depth knowledge of our products and a great passion for fireworks. We can easily provide for any occasion, ranging from a small quiet garden display to an intense open field pyro show!

    Buy Fireworks Online

    Maybe you can’t make it in-store to buy fireworks. Well, our easy to navigate website allows you to view and order any firework without leaving the comfort of your home. Just select your chosen fireworks, specify a delivery date, and we will safely and securely deliver the fireworks to your door. Or use our click and collect service if you want to simply order online and collect quickly in store.

    That’s why, when the time comes to buy fireworks, your first choice should always be Fireworks Shop. A reliable, friendly, knowledgeable, fireworks retailer, and truly the best place for you to get more bang for your money!


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  • What is pyro?

    What is pyro?

    Pyro is the Greek name for fire and fireworks, or consumer pyrotechnics, have evolved today into one of the most beautiful and exciting spectacles for both large scale and local events. The Fireworks Shop serves customers locally and nationally and due to the lifelong passion of our proprietor, Wayne Richardson, only the most carefully selected pyrotechnics of quality and effect are available for purchase in our shops.

    Technically, the most popular pyrotechnic effects depend on the number of star pellets inside a spherical aerial shell, which is composed of a shell leader, a ring of stars, with a burst charge heart encased in the centre. The complete shell has a time fuse and a lift charge and the charge is firecracker-like.

    Although consumer fireworks are considered a low level hazard, care should always be taken by the pyro technician in charge of any event. Simple common sense, such as following instructions and providing a bucket of sand or water for used fireworks or sparklers will help to ensure the safety of those who attend and will make your event memorable for all the right reasons.

    Videos of all the pyrotechnics available for purchase instantly from The Fireworks Shop makes selecting the correct colours and firework design effects that much easier. Fire artists can find everything they need to colour their night sky canvas.

    Of course, some colours are more difficult to achieve then others due to their chemical composition. Blue, for example, is still the pyro wizard's philosopher's stone. But some blue shades are possible today and reds, greens, orange and whites are very easy to find.

    Fireworks display packages are available for those who prefer expert selections ready-made for a variety of occasions, such as weddings, festivals and even small garden events. You may decided on a Mars Ballistic Box if you want your party to go with a bang in the sky, for example, while on the ground, the whizzed eye of the Fiery Eyed Catherine Wheel may suit. What is Pyro? In fireworks, all the sparkling explosions of a dream. Purchase your pallet of pyro from The Fireworks Shop online.

  • Top 5 fireworks displays in the world

    Top 5 fireworks displays in the world

    There’s more to a truly great firework display than just setting off a large amount of fireworks; we here at Fireworks Shop UK know this and know it well. So if you’re stuck for ideas for your next display, or just want a quick peek at how the best in the world do it, let us guide you through five of the best fireworks shows the world has ever seen.

    1. Bompass & Parr - London, 2013

    Bompass & Parr (can you imagine a more quintessentially English name?) are creators of ‘fine English jellies’ and ‘spectacular culinary events’, but for New Year's Eve 2013, they turned their attentions to fireworks. Using balloons and fireworks filled with special scents, the team matched firework colours to smells and edible packages that were wafted, launched and dropped over the audience (red fireworks were accompanied by the smell of strawberries, for example), for a truly unique experience.

    2. Big Bay Boom - San Diego, 2012

    Alright, so this one is a bit different and not technically a great fireworks show but more of a failure; it was certainly unique though, so we’re going to run with it. In 2012, the computer running the launch of the annual Big Bay Boom 4th of July fireworks show in San Diego malfunctioned, simultaneously launching over 7,000 fireworks (that’s a 15 minute show's worth) in less than 20 seconds. The resulting boom deafened spectators, rattled windows and set off car alarms several miles away. Although a total failure in terms of a traditional firework show, the Big Boom certainly lived up to its name and made for an impressive spectacle.

    3. Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary - San Francisco, 2012

    Syncing fireworks to music is a difficult, but rewarding, task and one that was pulled off with aplomb by the team behind the display for the 75th of anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. For such an iconic building, a truly spectacular show was needed and this did not disappoint.

    4. Burj Khalifa - Dubai, 2010-Present

    What better place to hold one of the world's most awe-inspiring fireworks displays than its tallest building? With launchers scaling up and down the side of the 830m building, the Burj is almost coated in fireworks during the peak of the show and makes for one of the globe's most amazing sights, throughout the 15 minute display.

    5. National Day - Singapore, 9th August every year

    Singapore’s National Day, celebrating the country's independence from Malaysia, is the culmination of several days of festivities and ends in truly awesome series of fireworks shows split over several nights, all to the backdrop of the world famous, and thoroughly modern, Singapore skyline. Fantastic!

    If you’ve been inspired to try your own hand at a brilliant firework display, or you’re an experienced practitioner who’s picked up some tips from displays around the world, head on down to Fireworks Store UK to sample our huge range of fireworks and accessories, or just browse our online store to see the kind of fireworks we can deliver to you.

  • The Fireworks Shop: the all-year-round firework specialists!

    The all-year-round firework specialists!

    Fireworks are often associated with a memorable or landmark event. Of course, there's Bonfire Night, where fireworks represent the ill-fated attempt of Guy Fawkes to blow up Parliament. We also welcome in the New Year with cacophonous explosions of Catherine wheels, and our American cousins over the pond tend to have spectacular exhibitions to celebrate Independence Day.

    However, fireworks don’t have to be confined to certain times of the year; after all, you can buy Easter eggs in December now! True, by law you can only purchase fireworks from registered sellers (such as supermarkets and corner shops) on certain dates. These include 15th October to 10th November, 26th December to 31st December and the three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year.

    However, the pyromaniacs among you will be delighted to hear that, throughout the rest of the year, fireworks are available to buy, legally, from licensed shops. So, whether you want to liven up your Auntie Aggie’s birthday tea with a few sparklers, or you wish to make your annual summer BBQ a bash to remember, establishments such as the Fireworks Shop [http://www.fireworksshop.uk.com/] have got you covered! Impress your friends with mini displays from the comfort of your back garden, and inspire your Instagram followers with jealousy by writing your name in the air with a sparkler.

    Amid all your excitement, it’s important to remember that, just because you can buy fireworks all year round, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to abide by safety regulations. Ensure you follow all instructions and bear in mind that punishments for illegal use are severe; you can be fined or even imprisoned for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also be subject to an on-the-spot fine of £90.

    For all your spectacular and explosive needs, the Fireworks Shop can help. Whether online or in-store, we stock literally hundreds of rockets, fountains, Catherine wheels and sparklers to make your celebration go off with a bang! Best of all, we’re open and licensed to sell all year round, so you don’t have to wait until the cold depths of autumn to spark up!

  • The British Musical Fireworks Championships

    The British Musical Fireworks Championships

    The British Musical Fireworks Championships, held in Southport annually since 1999, is a unique pyrotechnics competition unlike any other in the UK – and is an incredible spectacle to behold and enjoy!

    Combining expert pyrotechnics and design with fantastic music, the championships, which is held over three days in the autumn, is the opportunity for some of the country’s leading display experts to pit their creative skills against one another, in a celebration of pyrotechnics that is simply awe-inspiring to watch.

    Seven different companies plan for months to produce the most stunning, choreographed fireworks display possible, each of which is themed with appropriately chosen music. One of the key highlights of the show is the synchronisation of the fireworks with the music, using pyrotechnics both at ground level and in the sky for maximum visual effect.

    Industry experts judge each of the entrant’s displays, awarding points according to the synchronisation of the displays, in addition to the mood, choice of music, choreography, design and variety of effects.

    With each display scheduled to take between 16 and 18 minutes, with four pieces of music, spectators are guaranteed an unforgettable light and music show. Unsurprisingly, the British Musical Fireworks Championships is a huge crowd-puller, making it one of Southport’s most popular and exciting annual events – as well as being arguably the leading display competition in the entire country!

    With the dark nights drawing in, minds across the country will soon turn to planning Guy Fawkes parties to celebrate the failure of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament over 400 years ago.

    If you’re planning a garden firework party this November, or require fireworks for any other special occasion, your first port of call should be the Fireworks Shop [http://www.fireworksshop.uk.com/], to appreciate the wide range of fireworks available for home use. From boxes of traditional garden fireworks to barrage packs for the ultimate in night sky wizardry, our products are sure to meet the needs of every occasion. You could even purchase a DIY fireworks kit for display standard pyrotechnics in the privacy of your own garden! With a full range of Bonfire Night accessories, including the unmissable sparklers, you can be sure of enjoying a fireworks party that is simply unforgettable!

  • Safety Regulations Fireworks

    Safety Regulations Fireworks

    Fireworks are a fantastic and fun way to celebrate a special occasion with the family. However, you must set them off safely and legally. Adult fireworks, those in categories 2 and 3, can only be purchased and possessed by someone over the age of 18.

    They must not be set off in public areas - this includes sparkers - and a fine of £90 can be imposed for breaking this law. Fireworks must only be set off between the hours of 7am and 11pm, with the exception of Bonfire Night, where the cutoff time is 12am, and New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, where the cutoff time is 1am.

    Firework categories are broken into two divisions. The first, categories 1 through to 3, include the kind and size of fireworks that are available to the public. Category 1, or 'indoor' fireworks, are meant to be enjoyed in constrained areas and are very small. Category 2, or 'garden' fireworks must be safely viewable from 5 metres and scatter no debris outside of a 3 metre radius. Category 3, or 'display' fireworks, must be safely viewed from 25 metres away and scatter no debris outside of a 20 metre radius. It's not illegal to set a firework off inside the minimum safety recommendations, however for your own safety it's always advisable to follow the manufacturer instructions and obey the recommendations of the law.

    The second division includes category 4 fireworks, or 'professional' grade. These have no restrictions; however, they can only be purchased and possessed by someone with a licence.

    Except for specially licensed fireworks shops, fireworks are only on sale for several days leading up to special holidays. They are available for the three days leading up to Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as on the day. They are also available from the 15th October to 10th November for Bonfire Night, and from December 26th to the 31st for New Years Eve. However, specially licensed shops, like the Firework Shop, can supply fireworks all year round.

    For your next big birthday bash or anniversary make sure you celebrate with a bang! The Firework Shop is your leading supplier of firework fun 365 days a year! Available in shop and online. Follow the laws, for your own safety as well as others, and have fun!

  • Frequently asked questions about firework setups

    Frequently asked questions about firework setups

    Here at the Fireworks Shop, we supply fireworks to the general public throughout the year. We have supplied fireworks for every kind of event you could think of, so we’d like to think we know a thing or two about rockets, fountains, Catherine wheels and the like. Fortunately, our customers agree, and they regularly come to us with questions regarding how to make the best use of their fireworks. Questions such as:

    I’ve just bought some of your excellent fireworks. Where can I let them off?

    You’re permitted to let fireworks off on your own land or property, or on someone else’s land or property, provided you have their consent. It’s against the law for fireworks to be lit in any public space (so don’t take them down to the park) and, of course, on motorways.

    So, I can let them off in my back garden? It’s a bit small…

    Yes and space is something that has to be taken into consideration. Category 2 and 3 fireworks each have space restrictions of five and 25 metres respectively – this is the distance that those viewing the fireworks have to stand back. Obviously, if you have a poky backyard that only measures 15 metres across, don’t buy category 3 fireworks.

    What else do I need to consider before I can find a suitable space to light my fireworks?

    Like all flying objects, the firework needs a clear path in which to operate. This means that there should be no trees or cables either above or close to the vicinity of your garden. Always check your firework isn’t going to collide with an object, animate or inanimate, before launching. Oh, and if you live near an airport, check you’re not too close to a flight path; we’re not aware of a firework ever having brought a plane down before, but you don’t want to risk it.

    Just one more thing: when can I let my fireworks off?

    So you’re not being a nuisance and waking people up in the early hours of Monday morning, fireworks are permitted between 7am and 11pm, although this time is extended until midnight on 5th November and 1am for New Years Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

    Of course, there’s one question you should already know the answer to: where’s the best place to buy fireworks? Have a look at our extensive range now, via http://www.fireworksshop.uk.com/.

  • Compelling reasons why you should hold your own private fireworks party

    As November draws nearer and excitement grows about Guy Fawkes Night celebrations, many families will be planning to attend organised fireworks displays to mark the occasion

    Public displays are often perceived to be preferable to a private fireworks party in the seclusion of your own garden, but in fact DIY fireworks kits, such as those available from the Fireworks Shop, offer a number of advantages that could help to make your 5th November celebration more personal and memorable than any organised display.

    If you’re undecided whether to hold your own fireworks celebration this year or to head to an organised display, here's a selection of reasons why a DIY firework kit in your own back garden will create an occasion to remember:

    A more personal occasion

    When you attend a public display, you end up rubbing shoulders with complete strangers, with potentially thousands of people in attendance. Yet you may hark back to the days of your childhood when you enjoyed a box of simple garden fireworks with only your closest family and friends, remembering such occasions with a sense of nostalgia. By choosing a DIY firework kit from the Fireworks Shop, you can invite only selected guests to the comfort of your own home to enjoy a glittering Guy Fawkes lights show!

    A stunning display in your own home

    Fireworks in your back garden with family and friends need not mean uninspiring or drab pyrotechnics that are instantly forgettable. A DIY fireworks kit will include all the fireworks you need for a dazzling display that will keep the kids entertained while giving the organised display a run for its money! With a variety of DIY firework kits available to cater for every party, you can be confident that your spectacle will be as delightful as a public display.

    A cost-effective alternative

    The entry fees at public displays are increasing year on year, especially by the time you add in all the extras such as food and drink to mark the occasion. With a DIY fireworks kit, you can enjoy fantastic pyrotechnics for an affordable price that will meet every budget which, combined with great party food and drink, will make the evening one to remember!

    Remember, remember… the weather

    Finally, one huge disadvantage of a public display is the inability to time it to occur with a rain-free, fogless night. With a DIY fireworks kit, you can be certain of holding your own Guy Fawkes party when the weather is ideal for a dazzling show in the night sky.

    So, with November approaching, the only action you need to take is to browse the selection of DIY firework kits available at the Fireworks Shop, before sending out the invitations to family and friends for a Guy Fawkes Night to remember.

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