We all remember the delights of New Year’s Eve from our childhood days: staying up late, counting down before midnight, and the excitement of lighting your first fire cracker. You may have watched television with your family and friends in order to see the spectacular firework shows in London. Display fireworks have been a part of the Western tradition of celebrating the new year for a very long time. Fireworks that focus more on sound than on vision may even have been around for longer, as they seem to belong to an old Germanic tradition. In many parts of the world, fireworks are part and parcel of celebratory traditions. But where do display fireworks come from? Fireworks, or pyrotechnics, were developed in China after the invention of gunpowder. In their original use, pyrotechnics were meant to scare off ghosts. We can find parallels with old Germanic rituals, which were also meant to chase evil spirits away. This old history still has its consequences today. For example, China is still the largest manufacturer and exporter of display fireworks, and Chinese New Year is celebrated still with large pyrotechnic shows. The custom to herald the new year with loud bangs and display fireworks has also found its way into Western society. New Year’s Eve can nowadays hardly be imagined without the splendour of fabulous display fireworks. Almost everyone either comes out to watch the shows in the streets or stays in to enjoy the televised shows comfortably, without the cold of the winter outside. Of course, display fireworks are not without hazards and risks, and therefore the trading and use of these objects are subjected to some regulation. In the end, fireworks are explosives and many people have lost some part of their body, such as a finger or an eye, because of incorrect use. However, when used correctly, fireworks can contribute to a starry and festive night like nothing else can. Take a look at the site of Dynamic Fireworks.
Safety and regulations regarding display fireworks
In the United Kingdom, it is allowed to set off fireworks each day of the year, as long as it happens between 7 AM and 11 PM. It is also necessary that the land owner of the place gives his or her permission to set off fireworks. There are a few exceptions to the 7 AM – 11 PM rule, which are the following:
- New Year;
- Bonfire Night also known as Guy Fawkes Night, or even Fireworks Night. This is the most popular night for fireworks in the UK.
- Chinese New Year;
- Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Another regulation regarding display fireworks, is that it is forbidden to sell fireworks to people younger than 18. Children younger than 18 should of course be educated at school and by their parents about the dangers of fireworks. It is important for children to learn about these risks in a safe environment with adults, instead of with their peers.
Sound and Vision
During the past two decades, some new rules were made in order to protect the public sphere from the negative effects of some fireworks. For example, some types of so-called ‘pocket fireworks’ were banned and heavily explosive fireworks were classified as such. These measures were taken for safety reasons, but also in view of the stress loud bangs can bring upon people and animals. Loud bangs can also have a negative effect on your hearing capacities. However, there are better options in firework than just the loud bangs. Why not enjoy the splendid sight of the most sophisticated display fireworks from https://dynamicfireworks.co.uk/?