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The new version of ShellCalc© is now available – this supercedes the version described in the Book.   The new version incorporates many enhancements including:-

  • Ability to set shell burst diameter to override ShellCalc© defaults
  • Optional calculation and… Continue reading

The following are samples pages from the book

The following references appear in the book – they are reproduced here for ease of accessing URLs

[1] EU Standard for fireworks – see for a summary –

[2] M Davies, Journal of Pyrotechnics, 21, 2005, 1-12 also see… Continue reading

The following authors have contributed to the book

Tom Smith

Dr Tom Smith was introduced to fireworks by his grandfather, Jack Blanch, who was at school with and subsequently worked with members of the Brock family around the early 1900s.… Continue reading

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – History of firework displays
Chapter 3 – Firework types and effects
Chapter 4 – Display types
Chapter 5 – Safety issues and risk assessment
Chapter 6 – Planning the display site
Chapter 7… Continue reading

The following Bibliography appears in the book

BPA Firers handbook The manual for professional display firers in the UK.  Available from the British Pyrotechnists Association – 


Canadian Firework Manual See – smm/expl – expl/pdf/fireworks_e.pdf … Continue reading

Links from the book

Welcome to the website for the newly published book

Firework Displays: Explosive Entertainment

This site contains supplementary information for the book including:

Table of Contents

Author Notes



Additional images and Additional information

There are also links… Continue reading