I know people love playing with sparkers, but did you know:
1) The “classic” type of sparkler consists of a thin metal rod approximately 20 cm (8 inches) long that has been dipped in a thick batter of slow-burning pyrotechnic composition and allowed to dry.
2) Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch
3) Sparkler bombs are constructed by binding together as many as 300 sparklers with tape, leaving one extended to use as a fuse. The resulting blast can approach the power of a stick of dynamite. In 2008 three deaths were attributed to the devices, which can be ignited accidentally by heat or friction.
4) A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000°C, which is 20 times the boiling point of water. To put that in context, iron out of the ground can melt at around 1510°C (2750°F) and steel often melts at around 1370°C (2500°F).
5) Sparklers remain too hot to touch for several minutes after they have gone out and will therefore still cause burns.
6) Firework injury statistics have not been officially recorded in the UK since 2005. For the last year of records the top the causes of firework injuries in the UK were caused by rockets (216), air bombs (111) and sparklers (104). In the United States sparklers were responsible in 2003 for 57% of firework injuries in under 5’s and in 2007 for 16 percent of legal firework-related injuries.
7) The law says you can’t set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
8) You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for 3 months for buying or using fireworks illegally. You could get an on-the-spot fine of £80.
We want everyone to have a great night on November 5th so please, please do not bring sparklers (or any fireworks) to our Bonfire Night. Anyone found using them is breaking the law may be fined or prosecuted! Certainly they will get a stiff talking too at the bear minimum!
A better alternative is glow sticks and glow necklaces which are non-toxic and can also last for up to 8 hours.
Please come and enjoy our night but leave the fireworks to our trained team!