Fireworks, Principles and Practice, 4th Edition by Ronald Lancaster

By Ronald Lancaster

This Fourth variation of the vintage "bible of fireworks" has been completely revised and up-to-date. It contains new chapters and it's illustrated with transparent diagrams and images. This beneficial reference belongs within the library of each expert within the pyrotechnics and fireworks

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Besides Brock's, Pains-Wessex and Wells, several other companies were established rather later in Britain, the best known being Standard Fireworks and Lion Fireworks, both based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. It is said that the Huddersfield trade came about through the use of blackpowder by coal miners in the last century. Certainly where the Yorkshire fireworks industry was concerned, the town of Lepton played a vital part. It was there that Allen Jessop, as early as 1847, enjoyed a hobby of making squibs in his cellar to sell locally for the November 5th celebrations.

Igual is the foremost Catalonian firm and won the contract to fire the display which opened the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. In Valencia, the Caballer family, whose members run three competing firms (Pirotechnia Caballer, Ricardo Caballer and Miguel Zamorano Caballer), and the Brunchu concern, founded in 1809, are leading companies. 'Pirofantasia', recently formed by Bernado Sanchiz and Miguel Gonzalez, presents displays in a modern, innovative style. Also in Valencia, the Jurado family companies (Garuda and Pirotechnia Arnal) and Pirotechnia Turis, under the direction of Caspar Lopez and Vincente Domingo, are thriving concerns.

The Hammargrens, starting as tobacconists in Gothenburg in 1879, began to import German and Italian fireworks at the beginning of the twentieth century. The business expanded, and they started their own fireworks factory in the 1920s. Financial problems caused it to close down in 1992, but the company survives as an importer and wholesale dealer of 'shop' goods. R. Torner, an officer and teacher at the artillery fireworks corps, in 1880, was forced to close in 1972. Thus, the recurring theme seen throughout Europe is suffered in Sweden.

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