The first of eight teams to fire at the Champion of Champions
competition was Happy Dragon Fireworks, winners back in 1999.
When we arrived on site to see them setting up it was already
late in the afternoon and their whole display area - like the
other teams - was full of an incredible array of pyro.
Going first meant they were situated closest to the land end
of the breakwater out of the four teams firing on the first
night (with the other four to fire the following night). However
it was no less cool and windy, the Atlantic might look nice
but has a habit of greeting you with a biting wind and frequent
Weather aside, Plymouth provides one of the best firing venues
possible because it is surrounded by a massive fall-out area
- the sea. Happy Dragon were making full use of this with a
huge amount of angled candle sequences. Creative effects are
also essential to impress the judges - this is certainly not
an event just to throw up a load of big shells. Naturally we
tiptoed through the many miles of cabling to grab a closer look...
effects and LOTS of wiring!
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