Please pardon the french but FFUUUUUCCCKKK MMMEEE!!!
Sorry for that.
I'm a bit drunk now I'll give you a full report
later but this was the most awesome fantastic loud loud loud loud
loud louder louder louder SUPER MEGA NOISE DECIBEL SCALE MELT
DOWN AWESOME EAR BLEEDER HEAD MELT RUN FOR COVER DIG A HOLE BURY
YOURSELF AND STICK A COUPLE OF PLANETS IN YOUR EARS AND PAD YOURSELF
OUT WITH A FEW GALAXIES and then some super loud fantastic CAT3
display ever ($$)!!!!!!!!
You really should have been there. It was 40 mins
of noisy star bursts from ground fireworks and sky fillers from
shell burst rockets.
Honestly words can't describe this display, I'm
not trying to bull it up and make it sound good, but this was
just an onslaught from start to finish %% # %$$ &&*&
I've seen some good CAT3 displays in my time but
this bugger takes the biscuit the cracker barrel, the boxes of
crackers in the distribution centre and the paddy field where
the wheat came from. BBBOOO OOOOOO OOOOOOO OOOOMMMM.
Ill send another enthusiastic (proper report)
later. God this was good.
[Now this is a guy who appreciates his stash,
he's a future UKFR editor in the making.... Pete]
Four months later and here is his full report,
I inadvertently landed the job of doing the company
fireworks display in 2001 but there was no way I was going to
pass up an opportunity like that. I was offered £800 as
the budget I pondered on this all day and being firework mad decided
it wasn't enough. I went back to the boss and asked for £1000
and he agreed to it "yyyyyeeeeeesssss!" I thought. Better
still I got the fireworks at 25% off trade price [er, so how did
you do that then? - Pete and the entire UKFR readership] so I
ended up with around £1800 worth of kit.
Now came the hard part I had around 50 barrages/cakes
to plan a layout and firing sequence for I spent hours and hours
watching each individual firework on a promotional disc trying
to decide what would be best (oh how I wish I could have fired
them electronically) I finally decided to lay them out in two
areas, each area consisted of five rows and four rows deep. I
spaced the fireworks 1.5 metres apart with a gap of five metres
between the two areas in front of the rows where the fireworks
that were to be used in a four stage finale (more on that later).
At the back I had ten launch tubes set up for the rockets in a
good position where I could keep an eye on what was going on.
The nightmare begins
Three weeks prior to the display I went to put
all the stakes in place I used two foot long steel poles and drove
them in half way but what should have been a simple job took hours
the ground was absolute shite chock full of stones I'd knock a
stake in it would hit a stone. I'd move it and it would hit another
this just went on and on and in the end up took about five hours
boy was I pissed off time for large amounts of beer.
Got back to work on Monday morning had a look
out of the window to check my site and aaagggghhh nnnnnoooo the
whole $%£&** place was under six inches of water what
a %%^&$* all my lovely hard work ruined. I decided to tempt
fate though and hoped it would be dry on the day after all it
was three weeks to firing time.
The big day
At last the day was here the firing site was bone
dry and the weather was better than perfect. But I wasn't happy
with the start of the display (at last I'd found an excuse to
buy and try a blitzknall) I made my way over to the Great Northern
Firework Co bought some extra portfires and the legendary bomb
on a stick.
Still not happy with my rocket firing list though
I decided to buy an extra ten Brightstar Hell Raiser rockets,
and that was that, with the extra rockets I had the perfect firing
list, 50 odd ground fireworks and 50+ rockets. WOW
That afternoon a mate and me proceeded to set
up the ground stuff, one side started off with a 19 shot barrage
then went on to a cake then barrage then a cake alternately, the
other side started off with a cake then a 19 shot barrage and
so on, so each side would be firing an opposite firework to the
other. On a set up note all the fuses on the left hand side faced
left and all the fuses on the right hand side faced right so the
two guys firing them didn't have to mess about looking for their
fuses. Once everything was in place plastic sheets were wrapped
around each firework just in case of rain. About half an hour
prior to firing we removed all the plastic sheets and took all
the fuse covers off.
A crowd of around 100 employees and family had
now gathered in the field having gorged themselves on hot dogs
and pies and were ready for a show. For some strange reason at
this point all I wanted to do was suck some boiled sweets I'd
have killed to get my hands on some (must have been nerves ) after
all I was about to set off the best display ever fired in Elland
this show put the local round table display to shame.
I lit the blitzknall to get everyone's attention
boooooom definitely lived up to the hype it was at this point
all the kids wanted to leave (hahahahahahaha- I'm evil!).
After the blitzknall was fired the plan was this
let the guys get on with firing the ground stuff and not fire
any more rockets until half way through the display, the idea
being that it would build up getting bigger and better as it went
Now any one wondering about buying brightstars
19 shot barrages just buy em they are loud and mean the noise
from this display was incredible we were in the bottom of a valley
and everything echoed like mad there were some 4000 bangs in total
ranging from pop to boom to massive boom off the shell head rockets
you really had to be there to appreciate the noise I just looked
up in the air and uttered "FUCK ME!" (sorry) to myself
this was far better than I could have hoped for.
Halfway through I started to let rip with the
rockets in volleys of three, one hellraiser with two other larger
display rockets at a time, this plan was great and was really
appreciated by the crowd. It was at this point I looked back and
the empty road on the industrial estate was full of cars, now
these people had to go out of there way to get here and that gave
me such a buzz.
Well all of the ground stuff was gone or so every
one thought. Finale time I fired four £15 rockets whilst
my mates got ready to fire two, yes two, 500 shot Armageddons
at once. One on its own is impressive but two together was mayhem
as these finished the crowd must have thought nice ending, but
I'm not done yet up went four more rockets and then we fired three
towering infernos (now named terminal velocity due to Sept 11)
[ouch! I'll let you administer your own grave mate - Pete] these
are 28mm 49 shot barrages with varying effects from colored star
bursts to huge spinners to crackling rain to seven large salutes
the spacing of these was great and they gave great coverage, but
there's more yep four more rockets filled the sky and then two
satanic desecration sibs were fired together, after these the
last five rockets went up and we light the last three fireworks,
three atomic warlords, but rather than do what they did on the
cdrom all three of them ejected their entire 112 shots in about
two secs unexpected but frigging awesome the whole area exploded
in an absolute frenzy of mini shell bursts this looked truly pro.
And that was it 40 mins of relentless mayhem I
hung around for a while sniffing the last dregs of fireworks smoke
out of the air and dragged myself home for loads of beer.
Well that's it a dream came true for me that night
I just hope we have another one this year.