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23Apr/14Off

What is a Roman Candle?

roman candle on beach

Every once in a while, I like to refresh y’all on the basic types of fireworks available on the consumer market. Today, I’m talking about a hands-down favorite – Roman candles. Roman candles aren’t really candles in the wax and wick sense, they are long tubes filled with pyrotechnic compounds that you point upward toward the sky for launching. Upon ignition, the Roman candle shoot of a rapid series of stars into the sky that burst at the apex into a certain color, report and effect by design.

Roman candles are created with the chemical bentonite, a lifting charge, pyrotechnic stars, black powder and a delay charge. Roman candles are not child’s play, they pack are real punch of explosives -- so be cautious when using them. Official safety precautions say NOT to hold in your hand, although this is still how most people use them. As an alternative, you can stick them at a slight slant into a mound of sand or some other stable base.

When the fuse is lit on a Roman candle, it burns slowly until it reached down the tube to the first star. When the first star is lit, it is sent flying out of the tube with the powerful force of a speeding bullet. This explosion forces the fire further down into the tube to ignite the delay powder level. Once the next layer of delay powder is burned through, the fire will release the next star and so on until the last star is fired. Most Roman candles have 10 stars and when we are at the beach shooting them off, my kids like to count them off! For safety reasons, counting them is also a good way to ensure that the firework has been completely exhausted and there is not an unexploded star waiting to go off in your face.

It is worth mentioning that while we use Roman candles for happy times today, they received their name from a disturbing time in history. Historians report that the Roman emperor, Nero, who ruled from 54 to 68 C.E, persecuted Christians by tying them to poles in his garden. And, when they would not recant their belief in Jesus Christ, they would be drenched with flammable oils and then lit on fire for his personal amusement as well of that of the visiting guests and gawkers. I hope I didn’t ruin your enjoyment of Roman candles with that awful story and for that reason I wish that the industry would drop the name “Roman” and replace it with something else – have any ideas

20Apr/14Off

Happy Easter from AllSparkFireworks.com

firework egg

Everyone from the AllSparkFirework.com family would like to wish you and yours Happy Easter. While you are enjoying the day with family and friends we hope that fireworks are part of the fun, springtime is the perfect weather for launching off sparkling fireworks into the sky. If you didn’t see our post on Four Firework Ideas for Easter, give it a quick read – it’s not too late to incorporate the excitement of fireworks into you celebration if you have some leftovers from past events). Also, it’s never too early to start planning for the biggest firework holiday of all – the Fourth of July. At AllSparkFirework.com, we have everything you need to make your backyard firework show a huge success – from firework items such as fountains, shells, Roman candles, novelties and more to all the supplies you need to make the night run smoothly. Plus, another perk is that you can shop anytime of the day or night from home and we will ship your purchases straight to your doorstep – no driving around endlessly looking for a firework stand!

14Apr/14Off

Four Firework Ideas for Easter

easter don't forget the fireworks

The typical recipe for celebrating Easter is getting dressed up in your best Sunday best, going to a church service, partaking in a nice lunch followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids. If this is starting to be an annual bore, I’ve got some great ways to liven things up a bit – and that’s with fireworks! While I don’t recommend bringing fireworks to church, I do have some other ways you can celebrate Easter with fireworks:

1)      Fireworks on the Easter Bonnet: Wearing a frilly, festive hat is a long-standing Easter tradition that dates back to the 4th century. A symbol of renewal and hope, the Easter bonnet has definitely become a fashion statement today – often, the more over-the-top, the better! Just imagine a hat decorated with a band of firecrackers, smoke bomb “buds” and “feathers” of bottle rockets!

2)      Sparklers on Food: Make a grand entrance with the Easter ham by poking some sparklers into the top. Pick from silver, gold, red, green, or nearly any color sparkler (or mix up the colors) and light them off just as you are about to walk into the dining room with the platter – your guests’ jaws will drop in amazement. The same idea also works well with the showpiece dessert.

3)      Firework Filled Eggs: Make the Easter egg hunt even more of a “blast” by filling some of the plastic eggs with novelty fireworks that are suitable for older children to use with parent’s supervision. Confetti poppers and glow worms are always popular. Or, you could add larger fireworks to the Easter basket, we think the Hen is particularly fun and fits the season perfectly!

4)      Easter Firework Show: Looking to keep the Easter party going through the night? You might as well; the kids are going to be pretty jacked up on jelly bean sugar. Order up a range of fireworks from AllSparkFireworks.com and light up the night sky in honor of the holiday. We have everything you need, from fountains and Roman candles to bigger artillery shells and large repeating cakes.

The typical recipe for celebrating Easter is getting dressed up in your best Sunday best, going to a church service, partaking in a nice lunch followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids. If this is starting to be an annual bore, I’ve got some great ways to liven things up a bit – and that’s with fireworks! While I don’t recommend bringing fireworks to church, I do have some other ways you can celebrate Easter with fireworks:

1)      Fireworks on the Easter Bonnet: Wearing a frilly, festive hat is a long-standing Easter tradition that dates back to the 4th century. A symbol of renewal and hope, the Easter bonnet has definitely become a fashion statement today – often, the more over-the-top, the better! Just imagine a hat decorated with a band of firecrackers, smoke bomb “buds” and “feathers” of bottle rockets!

2)      Sparklers on Food: Make a grand entrance with the Easter ham by poking some sparklers into the top. Pick from silver, gold, red, green, or nearly any color sparkler (or mix up the colors) and light them off just as you are about to walk into the dining room with the platter – your guests’ jaws will drop in amazement. The same idea also works well with the showpiece dessert.

3)      Firework Filled Eggs: Make the Easter egg hunt even more of a “blast” by filling some of the plastic eggs with novelty fireworks that are suitable for older children to use with parent’s supervision. Confetti poppers and glow worms are always popular. Or, you could add larger fireworks to the Easter basket, we think the Hen is particularly fun and fits the season perfectly!

4)      Easter Firework Show: Looking to keep the Easter party going through the night? You might as well; the kids are going to be pretty jacked up on jelly bean sugar. Order up a range of fireworks from AllSparkFireworks.com and light up the night sky in honor of the holiday. We have everything you need, from fountains and Roman candles to bigger artillery shells and large repeating cakes.

14Apr/14Off

Liven Up Lunch with Daytime Fireworks

daytime fireworks

Have you ever heard of daytime fireworks?  No, this is not a belated April fool’s joke; daytime fireworks are actual pyrotechnic items that can be seen when the sky is light as opposed to the traditional nighttime viewing. If you try and shoot off a standard firework during the day, the sun will negate most of the sparkling effects. While you may see a bit of the explosion, really all you’ll get from a traditional firework display during day hours is the benefit of the report – the loud noise (bang, whistle, crackle) that it makes.

Daytime fireworks are must less common that regular artillery shells, fountains, bottle rockets, roman candles, sparklers and other fireworks shot off at night.  Despite the unique factor and “cool” factor of day fireworks, these types of pyrotechnic element aren’t seen very frequently and can be quite hard to find on the consumer market. You can hire a professional pyrotechnic company to put together a daytime firework display for a large function. Or, if you’re lucky, catch a piece of performance art that comes together when an artist uses daytime fireworks as a medium and the sky as a canvas. Or, you can do it yourself with simple daytime fireworks purchased from AllSparkFireworks.com.

Daytime fireworks can’t rely on the fleeting sparkles of light created by traditional fireworks; they disappear too fast into a sun-brightened horizon. Most fireworks for daytime are made from smoke reactions. The smoke elements can be seen in sky as the effect spreads from a compact, opaque look to a dissipating, hazy look. In addition to smoke bombs, other fireworks for non-night use include parachutes, lanterns and confetti-shooting items. If you want to liven up your lunch hour, check out the daytime fireworks at AllSparkFireworks.com.

10Apr/14Off

This Week’s Favorite Firework Photos on Instagram

Instagram time, I’ve spent an hour looking through firework photos and these are my favorites of the week.

Love this cool light painting from @battle_burnd, he sure captures the cool things you can do with sparklers or other fireworks along with some slow-exposure photography.

firework battle_burned

Looks like @pearsnisa is having a well-deserved break from a busy week. What’s better than a delicious adult-drink?  Uhhh, a beverage with a sparkler in the top!  Just a safety tip – if you try this at home, do it outside so that you don’t catch a table cloth on fire or burn little pock marks in the floor.

firework in drink

Oooooh, red smoke! Bet @scarf410 and his football buddies had a good time playing around with these smoke bombs and didn’t at all mind draining a few beer cans to use as bases.

red smoke bomb

 

7Apr/14Off

Chaos in Kentucky! Thunder Over Louisville

thunder

If you’re in Kentucky this weekend, don’t miss Thunder over Louisville. This much anticipated firework event kicks off the on the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival, a must-do springtime experience for both residents and guests to the area.  The “Thunder in the Air” is a favorite worth getting fired up for – and it’s especially exciting for pyrotechnicians as well as all fans of firework spectating!  After an airshow featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angles and F22 Demonstration Team in the afternoon, the night sky will light up with a spectacle of amazing delights including professional areal shells, fountains and other firework effects that light up over the Ohio River. This impressive firework display has been named one of the largest firework show in North America and draws, on average, almost ¾ million spectators who watch on the river banks or from docked boats that have been auctioned off for charity.

Not into fireworks, what’s wrong with you?! Don’t worry, there is literally something for everyone during the Kentucky Derby Festival which runs from April 12 through May 2 – just some of the other events include a marathon race, spelling bee, basketball clinics, fashion shows, children’s tea part, steamboat race, golf tournaments and beer fest. So go, as fast as you can, to check out the Thunder over Louisville being shot off from barges on the Ohio River and from the George Rodgers Clark Memorial Bridge at 9:30 on April 12, 2014!  Not in Kentucky this spring? Get your own thunder from AllSparkFireworks.com – items can be ordered 24/7 and delivered straight to your door.

4Apr/14Off

Basics on Bottle Rockets

bottle rockets

 

Everyone loves the countdown until a bottle rocket blasts off! After a build-up of excitement, this popular firework shoots up into the sky and explodes with a display of colors, flashes of light, and attention-grabbing noise. These aerial-type fireworks are tried-and-true best-sellers at firework stands during the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and other celebratory times of year. One thing that makes bottle rockets so popular (aside from how fun they are) is that they are not expensive; in fact, you can purchase enough bottle rockets to keep the fun going well into an hour without busting your budget.

Ever wonder what makes a bottle rocket work? It’s a pretty straightforward chain of events; as soon as the fuse is lit, the flames move quickly down into the rocket’s core and ignite the chemical compounds inside. The chemicals are typically a gunpowder mix created from potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur. As the core begins to fill up with fire, the gunpowder is exposed, burned away and creates heated gases that expand and escape through the rocket’s nozzle.  Most bottle rockets have a 12-inch wooden rod attached to the actual firework part; this creates a desirable low center of balance and gives stability to the rocket during flight.

Bottle rockets are ready to bring fun to your next party. They come in a range of colors, reports (bangs) and flashes. Sometimes bottle rockets are designed with other special effects created with pyrotechnic compounds added to the gunpowder at the time of manufacture – this could include special colors, sounds, sparkles and so on. Order your bottle rockets from AllSparkFireworks.com and get the fun started!

1Apr/14Off

Pop-Pop Snaps April Fool’s Prank

pop pop snappers

Looking for a good April Fool’s prank for today?  All you need is an inexpensive box of Pop Pop Snaps (some people call them bang snaps and firework poppers). These fun novelty fireworks remind me of being a kid, because back in the day us youngsters were allowed to play with a little gun powder without adult supervision! Well, actually, these novelties are pretty darn harmless in the scheme of things – but then do still make a pretty good POP!

To implement the April Fool’s prank on your unsuspecting victim, you’ll need to sneak into the bathroom when the person isn’t looking. Lift the toilet seat up and take the Pop Pop Snaps and line them up around the rim of the bowl. Gently lower the seat back down to rest on the little novelty fireworks.

Go back to dinner, playing video games or whatever you were doing with the prankee before you went to set up the stunt. Eventually, the person will have to use the facilities – try not to giggle when they get up and announce their intentions. When person sits down on the seat lid, the Pop Pop snaps will go off creating quite a ruckus – maybe even causing the victim to fall right off the pot!  Now, as you’ve probably figured out, this little prank is going to work much more predictably with “sitters” – those who stand to get the job done will lift the seat to reveal your sneakiness!    Get your snap pops at AllSparkFireworks.com.

21Mar/14Off

Firework Art Cars

firework car

Sure, you could drive a conservative sedan or sporty SUV—but why would you want to if you could get behind the wheel of an “art car.” The idea of decorating cars in a unique way has been around for decades; remember singer Janis Joplin’s psychedelically-painted Porsche from the 1960s era?! Whether you call the idea of car modification a way of expressing your personal style or a way to spruce up an old jalopy, I call it completely cool. With art car parades from San Francisco to New York to Houston, there are plenty of opportunities to see these unique cars in action – some have been pained with leopard spots while others have Barbie dolls glued all over them. Anything goes! Maybe you’ll even see an art car pass you in traffic one day.  While this firework art car in the picture was captured with long-exposure photography, you could make something similar with sparklers, fountains and a bunch of firework fuse. Visit AllSparkFireworks.com to get your supplies!

18Mar/14Off

#Fireworkgram

Oh how I love my Instagram! It's fun to see photos of fireworks, I enjoy seeing the sparkly celebrations around the world and just another perspective on pyrotechnic fun. Here are my favorite firework photos from this week If you're inspired, pick up some of your own fireworks from AllSparkFireworks.com.

firework sparkler girl

 

firework roman candle colors

firework white sparkling

firework sparkler

firework heart sparkler