UKFR members came from far and wide for an opportunity
to see a huge amount of pyro being fired courtesy of Newsbox Fireworks
at an event organised by UKFR member Steve (Meggsy). Brands included
Cosmic, Fireworks International, Black Cat, Sandling, Men Shun,
Mars, Vulcan and Kimbolton. And if that wasn't enough, Flashpoint
Fireworks were on hand to finish the evening with a bang!
I arrived at the venue (a pub, hurray!) in the afternoon
to find Raj from Newsbox already hard at work setting up with the
help of Jeff (aka Ambientskies).
Jeff has that "Will you stop taking pictures
and help lift some boxes" look on his face!
I had seen a preview list of the pyro already but
even so was surprised at the amount of boxes and stakes - they were
everywhere. This was going to be a good night. After a quick tour
around the site taking pictures I offered to help out but luckily
Jeff nearly broke my thumb while I was holding a stake for him and
I had to go off in agony for a medicinal pint of beer. Leave it
to the experts, Pete!
(Newsbox) and Jeff unload the van 2:
Wide view of the demo area showing the excellent venue and huge
amount of pyro 3: Mars Pyrotechnics'
massive The Grandad 4: Yep,
it's cat 3. Yep, it's packed 1/1 per box and weighs nearly 30kg
5: Another big Mars cake 6:
Of particular interest were some large cakes from
Mars Pyrotechnics. When I say large, I'm talking nearly 30kg per
cake for The Grandad, a 100 shot, 30mm bore beast. You can see
the scale of these items in the pictures above. A quick look at
the label confirmed they were classed as cat 3, these were going
to be interesting.
Wide view of the venue, look at all that pyro!!
You can see above just how many fireworks there
were, and also how good the venue was. A very long field sloped
gently down into a small valley with nothing but fields all around.
This location has since been used for the Fireworks Competition
in 2005 and confirmed as its venue for 2006 too.
setting up view 2: Jeff's cool
idea of marking the fuse location on each item with a glow stick
3: Over to the Flashpoint crew
now as they set up the cat 4 finale 4:
The Flashpoint brothers check the weather while Steve gets down
to some hard work 5:
Bazooka candle fan 6: Single shot MLE
The Flashpoint Fireworks crew arrived shortly afterwards:
Jason, his brother Byron and Steve (aka Flash, Flash2 and Meggsy).
They were doing the cat 4 finale, just a little but nonetheless
loud ending to the evening.
Their blast would include candle fans and of course
some aerial shells. They got to work fusing and connecting the electrical
ignitors while Raj and Jeff finished staking the cat 3.
of a shell rack 2: Fusing the
shells 3: Even a small cat 4
show needs loads of equipment! 4:
Candle fans 5: Firing box
ready for connection
Darkness started to fall while final touches were
made where necessary and firing orders were discussed. UKFR members
started to arrive, looking very forward to the evening's promised
Steve fuses up some candle fans
And so the first part of the show started, over
sixty cat 2 and 3 retail items fired singly for members to rate
and review. These have already been extensively covered in our Review
section where you can see film and pictures of the fireworks in
action, plus member comments. Shown below is a selection of some
of the better still shots from these fireworks.
The only items not featured in our reviews at the
time were the Mars Pyrotechnics fireworks. However you can of course
view the footage we took: Mars
Intro (Mother Of All Bombs, Carpet Bomber, overlapped) 26Mb
DivX clip; Goliath
Fan Cake 5.2Mb DivX clip; Grandad
(30Kg cake) 19Mb DivX clip.
With the cat 3 over, it was time for a short finale
from the professionals...
BOOM! That'll be Flashpoint!
See the Flashpoint Fireworks finale. Click
here - 7Mb DivX clip.
More from Flashpoint
What a fantastic evening! We saw a huge number of
new cat 2 and 3 items which have been added to the main Review section,
plus a superb ending too! Well done and thanks to Steve (Meggsy)
for organising this event, Raj at Newsbox for the pyro, Jeff, the
Flashpoint Fireworks crew and Peter the landlord of the Woodman
Pub for kindly allowing a field full of pyromaniacs on site. Thank
you also to all the other people involved in getting this one organised
and to the members who have kindly submitted second opinions to
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