Top graphic on Fireworks page
Return to the homepage
News of the firework world
Contents of current issue of Fireworks - and buy it
Contents of back issues - and buy them
Buy fireworks
These companies will stage your display for you
List of firework displays and firework related events
Shop for fireworks and firework related items
History of fireworks and firework traditions
Swap your firework memorabilia
Links to other firework sites


Read here before ordering/subscribing

Image for Subscribe UK button

Subscribe from Europe

Subscribe outside Europe

Subscribe and read your electronic copies

Fireworks is published
in February and July.
Annual subscription
(two issues), by cheque,
is £10 (£14 Europe; £18 outside Europe)
Online - postage charge applies

Click to view our refund policy

Contact Fireworks by email

Fireworks, PO Box 40
Bexhill TN40 1GX


Subscribe by post using cheque


Click to subscribe outside UK - BANKER'S DRAFT ONLY

Back issues

Click to enlarge image

Issue 70

sponsored by IE The Insurance Experts

(UK only)
(Europe only)
(Outside Europe)

Fireworks is now available electronically - link from articles to websites; pay less subscription; use word search to find those elusive articles... Go to black panel on left - Subscribe ELECTRONIC and VIEW COPIES

It gives you a wallow in fireworks’ past: J H Sharpe’s record of 50 years as a traveller for Brock’s - written in 1939 and published, for the first time, in Fireworks; Memoirs of the Rip Rap Queen - Barbara Burn

It covers unique events: Passfire is ready for your viewing

If you use or trade in fireworks, it provides what you need to know: J Larry Mattingly provides advice on determining positions for angle firing; Legislation and regulation reviewed; News from the BFA and BPA

It delves into firework history: The Fred Rowcliffe Story - Chris Pearce continues the biography of Standard’s early stalwart into the twenties; Graham Caldwell writes of his pyrotechnist great grandfather; Barry Sturman traces the history of Frederick James Bishop - his company was amalgamated into Crane’s; Henry Trengrouse and Hengler’s Fireworks - Michael Baldwin and Katherine Ashton investigate the history

It amuses and entertains you: Sturtz cartoons; Elaine Moore shows how the press distorts firework coverage

It supplies firework news from around the world: Las Fallas 2016 - Simon Harding was there; From Europe to Asia - Hannah Clarkson and Charlie Heeley-Cregan recall Pyrotex’s achievements

It provides you with colourful firework photographs: Paul Brock with images from London New Year; Ian Cramman with stunning pictures from Blackpool; Colour pictures from Malta and Valencia

It gives you illustrated nostalgia: Standard firework workers from the 30s; Standard cartoons; Standard dummy board; Catherine wheels, mines and fountains; Jumping crackers; Previously unknown fireworks discovered - Silshine Fireworks and Anglocentrop Ltd. - see their products here; Chinese cracker labels

It provides the unusual: John Lockwood remembers Christmas crackers of yore; J Larry Mattingly describes fireworks over Alaska; Anthony Lealand describes his problems in moving magazines, and his success in paying respects to the departed with fireworks; Hold in the hand Catherine wheels - yes they did exist; At last, a picture of Smokey Joe

Also: Pressures on firework companies increase; New BPA Chair; Biggest firework lovers? Icelanders! Dutch fireworks failing safety standards; Drones cause Disney firework problems; Tree flowers in China; Threat to our periods of sale; New HSE Strategy; 10th Malta Mechanised Ground Fireworks Festival; The tie-up between Hengler and Cannon Fireworks; Southby and Randle adverts illustrated

Writing in this issue: Elaine Moore; Chris Pearce; Andy Hubble; Graham Caldwell; J Larry Mattingly; John Halfpenny; Simon Harding; Barry Sturman; Anthony Lealand; John Lockwood; Hannah Clarkson; Charlie Heeley-Cregan; Ron Lancaster; J H Sharpe; Jesse Veverka; Michael Baldwin; Katherine Ashton; Barbara Burn; Photography by Paul Brock and Ian Cramman

Did you know that Fireworks is available in an electronic version? - and it’s cheaper - go to and see ‘Subscribe Electronic’ in left black panel

Sponsored by IE the Insurance Experts

Terms and Conditions