Firework Night (UK) – Fireworks In-Depth

So today is Firework night also known as Bonfire night and Guy Fawkes night. What lies in store for the world is a bombardment of fireworks being flung into the sky all across the UK. This is to celebrate the fact that in 1605 the plot to assassinate King James I by blowing up parliament was a failure. For years now people have gathered in parks and other outdoor areas to watch bits of gunpowder being fired into the sky creating large explosions or eye candy for the people watching. So enough about the background, lets get to the technology.

What makes a Firework

Fireworks are full of three main items. A fuse, Stars & black powder. There are two different fuses. The first is to set of the firework from a safe distance without being harmed to it gives enough time for the person firing the firework to get away. The other fuse is set off just after the firework has been launched so that it triggers off the internal explosion caused by the black powder, also known as gunpowder which throws the Stars into the air which causes light to be thrown across the sky for all to see.

 Why do people enjoy Fireworks?

People enjoy fireworks because they are generally an event that everyone can enjoy, young or old. With the exception of Beecats, Cats & Dogs, we all go outside on the 5th of November every year and watch colourful eye candy exploding in front of our eyes. In Britain, it is a great community experience and on the day of writing this post, I am going to a firework night with some friends.

How can I obtain Fireworks?

Well in England at least, you do need to be of age to purchase these explosives, but if you are lucky enough, there are hundreds of local places around the UK hosting these events in parks or football stadiums. If not, either ask your parents of watch some on TV.


So anyway, what are you guys doing this firework night. Whether you are in England or not, leave it in the comments below.


I'm a musician and IT professional from South East London. I am also the founder of Tech Taste. I'm also a musician in my spare time.

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