All you need to know about pyrotechnics


Pyrotechnics is the science of making and using materials that can undergo chemical reactions to produce heat, light, gas, smoke and even sound. Pyrotechnics include airsoft thunderflash grenades, marine distress flares and nail guns.

Fireworks are another variation of pyrotechnics.

Not only are pyrotechnics used when manufacturing fireworks, but it also includes the process of making safety machines, candles, explosive bolts, fasteners and other components of fireworks.

Affordable fireworks delivered Nationwide

The Fireworks Shop in Preston is a registered supplier that offers customers some of the most popular fireworks for affordable prices. Stock includes Catherine wheels, barrages and fountains. Buy today.

Free deliveries are on orders over £250 and you will receive a specialist hazardous goods courier so your products will reach you safely.

Legal information you need to know:

  • It is against the law for anybody under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place (expect party poppers and sparklers)
  • A professional is the only one allowed to possess category four fireworks
  • Do not release fireworks within 50 feet from a motorway or carriageway

Follow the rules and stay out of trouble

You may not think it, but there are curfews of fireworks and restrictions when you can light them off. This helps to keep any harm and damage to a minimum. On a regular basis, fireworks have a restriction time between 11pm and 7am, however times change on special occasions such as New Years Eve. You can read more.

Bonfire night is one of the most popular nights for fireworks. During November we come to celebrate Guy Fawkes. However, curfew is between 12am and 7am.

New Years Eve marks a brand new year for us all, but don’t set your fireworks off between 1am and 7am as you could get into trouble. Chinese New Year and Diwali also have the same curfew hours.

Tips to help keep you safe

The police and fire services have committed their time to help promote safety whilst using fireworks and to not use for any dangerous activities as there can be serious consequences. Follow our tips on keeping safe. More advice.

  1. Before actually using your fireworks, read the manufacturer’s instructions as this helps you to manage them safely.
  2. Avoid smoking when fireworks are being lit
  3. Light them up at an arm’s length and do by a safety lighter
  4. Douse fireworks with water at the end of the night