From Novice to Pro: Your Safe Start to Firework Displays
Firework cakes, also known as multi-shot cakes, are popular items in the world of pyrotechnics. These fireworks are designed with a single fuse that ignites multiple shots, creating impressive displays of colorful bursts and effects. If you're looking to add a dazzling touch to your fireworks show, cakes are your go-to choice. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of setting up and firing these crowd-pleasing fireworks.
Understanding Firework Cakes
Firework cakes come in two primary forms: vertical cakes, where all shots shoot straight up, and fanned/splayed or angled cakes, which shoot both straight up and at slight angles. While the general rules of safety regarding distancing from obstacles and the audience apply to both cake types, angled cakes require special attention due to their shooting angles. It's crucial to position angled cakes carefully to ensure they don't shoot towards obstacles or the audience. The longer side should face the audience and the shorter sides must be at least 100ft/30m away from any obstructions on either side.
Securing Your Firework Cakes
Properly securing your cakes is essential to prevent accidents and ensure a smooth fireworks display. Here are some methods to consider:
One option is to bury the cake's base securely. This provides stability and minimizes the risk of tipping or shifting during firing.
Using Sandbags, Cinder Blocks, or Rocks
These can be placed around the cake to anchor it in place, preventing rocking or tipping.
Brackets and Wooden Boards
For an extra layer of security, you can use L-brackets to fasten your cakes to a sheet of wood. This method allows you to prepare your show in advance, making transportation easier and keeping the bottoms of the cakes dry.
Firing the Cakes
When it comes to firing your cakes, it's essential to maintain safety and a smooth flow. Here's how to do it:
Arrange your cakes in a way that allows you to light them and step away without navigating around items that have been fired or are in the process of firing. Consider setting up in a straight line or a semi-circle, ensuring that angled cakes are carefully placed to prevent unwanted angles of fire.
Always keep your cake fuses covered until it's time to light them. This helps prevent accidental ignition and keeps your display under control.
If you have any further questions or need guidance on setting up and firing your fireworks, don't hesitate to reach out. You can leave a comment below or contact our shop via phone or in person. We're here to ensure your fireworks experience is both enjoyable and safe.