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#88181 UKPS 2017 AGM!

Posted by BlackCat on 07 May 2017 - 08:22 AM

I can only echo the sentiments of those above, it was a really good day and I also feel that there were some really good ideas for taking the Society forward. It was really good to meet you all and I hope to see you again in the future, not too distant though!


The fireworks were awesome! Thanks guys!

#88177 UKPS 2017 AGM!

Posted by phildunford on 06 May 2017 - 11:46 PM

Excellent day. Special mention for Rob L for organizing the food & Karl for a great display.


Been pretty despondent about UKPS lately, but this was a great AGM - lots of enthusiasm and great ideas. Hopefully a chance for us to put recent petty squabbles behind us and start building up the society agaiin.


Was great to see new faces as well as some familiar ones...

#88178 UKPS 2017 AGM!

Posted by Karl Mitchell-Shead on 07 May 2017 - 12:20 AM

I had a great afternoon too, it wasn't a huge turnout but those that attended were just the right people and it was a real pleasure. I feel UKPS has turned a corner and the discussion about where we as a community are going to start heading was extremely productive.

Steve - the award for best explosives infovideo goes to you and Billy Bass - 10/10!!

Glad you all enjoyed the display - the triple peanuts were nice!

Here's to the future :)

#87787 A&K Application problems review...

Posted by BlackCat on 08 December 2016 - 04:12 PM

Since posting the above, I've had a further E-mail from Andi Jamieson, who is the ELO for Northants, and copied to the enquiry officer handling my application. In it, he says that having seen my E-mail responding to their E-mail copied in my previous post and having a look at the updated UKPS Good Practice Guide via the link that I sent them, he now believes that the Police are responsible for issuing licences for pyrotechnics. Consequently, he's advised my case officer to go ahead and issue me with an appropriate certificate.


It seems that re-sending them the link to the GPG has done the trick and broken the stalemate so is, perhaps, something that future applicants should include with their application covering letter.


I'm not going to celebrate until I have the piece of paper in my hand but, a big thanks to all of you that posted advice and support for my endeavours and a special thanks to Wayne.


I'll let you know when it arrives.

#87784 A&K Application problems review...

Posted by wayne on 07 December 2016 - 10:27 PM

Absolutely, it would be great to be involved.  I'll be in touch once I know more.


Also, just for every bodies reference, I've updated the good practise guidance to include UN MAN2 in explosive certificate applications:



#79848 Black powder VS Flash powder

Posted by Deano 1 on 10 May 2013 - 09:31 PM

hi m8,,why dont u make some 3/4"id rammed black powder(75/15/10) thunderflashes...i did unintentionally when i started trying to make rockets... and you dont need a ball mill.the kn03 is ground to talc in a mp,the sulphur will just need the lumps kneaded out if its pyro grade i do this on a small sheet of plastic with a teaspoon and you will need airfloat charcoal,,i think it was vine i had then...now for the tooling...lol u will need,,,a 1" thick pice of wood,,4"sq is fine,, a 6" nail and a 3/4 piece of round dowel 7"long with a hole drilled 5.5" deep thru the centre the same dia as the nail and another length with no hole....i mix my bp shaking in a coffee can untill my arms are sore,,you will want to put tape round the lid so you can do this indoors without any dramas you can then open it outside to disloge all the powder trapped in gaps without making a mess....hammer the nail thru the centre of the wood,,by the time your doing this your 3/4 id 7" long cardboard pyro tubes will have arrived,,, place 1 over the top of the nail and centre then pour a teaspoon of bp in(a paper funnel is a must) insert the hollow rammer over the nail, slide down and bed firmly in the powder now your redy to ram (if you dont have a soft mallet pad a hammer with rags untill u do) 4 or five sharp smacks will do,you will feel the bp compressing with the first few hits,repeat this process untill your above the nail then switch to the solid rammer untill ur 1/4" from the top then twist off the nail and there you have it,,,now you may want to have another nail sawn in half so you can make smaller ones..a piece of visco is inserted well into the core taped up and the other end plugged..the 7" one will have 35g+ of rammed green meal and will make a lovely thump but halfsize is more doable in the garden...to give you an idea about flash,,,3g with a light confinement will be louder than the 7" bp thunderflash but its a sharp bamg not a lovely round thump and the smell of bp...aaahhhhhhh...u can also ram foutain compositions in ur tubes

Was ya pi553d when ya typed this lot up dude :lol:

#79123 2013 AGM Announced

Posted by Guest on 26 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

Just a request but could the agm do some more hands on practical demonstrations, we have the 100g rule. let use it to our advantage.


we come to forum to learn safely a hobby we all enjoy. all could be done within 100g rule


star rolling

Comet making (using Resorcinol Resin so they dry within 10 min)

BP competition ( bring 10g of your best bp and have it tested and timed to other competitors)

Charcoal making demonstrations

Maybe vic could make a 100g rockets being made and tested.


All we would need is a small marquee.

#78170 Post your 2102 Stash

Posted by cooperman435 on 29 October 2012 - 12:34 AM

:-) 1/2 of the new stash arriving :-)

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#78135 Over inflated prices

Posted by phildunford on 25 October 2012 - 08:58 PM

As long as there is no simple way to prove your bona-fide to a retailer there will always be a premium on easy to buy fuse.

It seems that you have to be 'in the club' to buy fuse from a firework company, and it's not an easy club to join...

I've mentioned before that I would like to see UKPS membership as at least a nod in the right direction of proving good intent. Any retailers out there willing to get involved, please message me.

As to any individual providing a service it's caveat emptor (more Latin!) and if you don't like the price you dont have to buy it.

Keep calm and carry on chaps!

#88424 16" Shell of Shells The build and the shooting.

Posted by Arthur Brown on 27 September 2017 - 01:33 AM

After several years nurturing a friendship, an invitation was made available to me privately, to go o the USA, to a site licensed by BATFE and the local authorities there,  and build a shell!


This was something special of an invitation so it had to be something special of a product. PLUS I had to travel there totally inert, and return by air totally inert too. BUT ingredients could be ordered to be delivered at the site.


Here is the video, This is what a Brit did under a BATFE licence in the USA.



This was my first attempt at a shell! But a lot of design effort went into it. Probably 100 people from the USA were making things under the licence, some were recognised as being good builders and one UK builder made his mark.


I'm in a truckstop  on the way to LAX at the moment, so may not reply for some days.


I'll continue writing up the build with a couple of pictures from home, maybe next week. 


NO I will NOT share the invitation unless I know you well. No I will not advise you what to do. A 16" shell may be above 100gNEQ -I could barely carry that shell.


To all the ELO's watching, enjoy! It's pretty and it was all lawful in the BATFE licensed place. I have the skill to do it but the wisdom to NOT do it in the UK! I have to get through US and UK border protection yet!


#87587 Rocket tool sketcher

Posted by JamesB on 12 September 2016 - 11:29 AM

All working now, thanks again Vic,


I've got some 15mm Aluminium bar stock ordered and a design for 15mm ID stinger style rockets (I've got an abundance of 15mm tubes and always fancied trying the stinger design). I'll put some photos up as this progresses.

#85198 2015 AGM Firework Display Video

Posted by Karl Mitchell-Shead on 10 May 2015 - 12:12 PM

#82312 Licence to purchase chemicals - A show of hands of who would obtain one...

Posted by starseeker on 16 June 2014 - 08:50 PM

Keep cool sparky,

As from september we will have 18 months to get your explosive precursors licence to enable you to buy and store the chemicals on the restricted list,also you will need your COER for black powder storage,and due to all the hard work that Wayne has put in and our hobby being recognised as legitimate this should all be straight forward.


I would also think that where ever you get your chems now,should not change ,if anything you should have even more choice  :)

#80412 Birthday Cake Fountains

Posted by patsroom on 18 August 2013 - 10:54 PM

 For some it is not just the destination but the journey that adds to the joy.

#79069 automation in the firework industry

Posted by phildunford on 19 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

Of course Germany never stopped thinking that making things is a good idea...


Posted by spectrum on 14 November 2012 - 10:45 PM

This is a visitor to the forum from overseas, let's please give him a welcome and some respect! It's not a competition. I recall the first Chinese shells coming onto the market, they were dreadful. Fireworkshell has had a pretty unfriendly reception here and doesn't really deserve it.....think on.....Chinese shells may be available for a few pence....at the moment. Don't bank on that in the future. China is suffering a crisis. The workers there in the firework factories have to suffer disgusting conditions to provide us with the cheap fireworks we enjoy. I am not comfortable with that myself and for that reason have always resisted the temptation to outsource my own production there. As for quality, they cannot match our standards in Europe (I refer to my own product range) or even come close.
India will, I am certain, learn the lessons they need to learn and will eventually replace the Chinese when the workers there return to their farms where the wages are better, the conditrions are not life threatening and the demand for food in this developing country seduces them.
The Indians are a lovely, warm and friendly people, please lets give them the welcome on this forum they deserve.

#77905 Society Away Days

Posted by whoof on 28 September 2012 - 07:03 PM

Exat's store ;)

Not much point.
You would probably have to wear a blindfold anyway. :ph34r:

#75838 Who did the London NYE fireworks?

Posted by Karl Mitchell-Shead on 05 January 2012 - 07:15 AM

Congratulations to KBF in being awarded the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies contracts!

#75802 Who did the London NYE fireworks?

Posted by Night Owl on 01 January 2012 - 10:58 PM

I thinks its more the fact he has run that company for 47 years, show me any companies accident book of 47 years and will they be able to say there has been NO accidents? I doubt it, If a younger company slates this accident rate of a 47 y/o company then that is very foolish in my opinion and jus invites karma to bite you on the A**

#68099 2010

Posted by Atom Fireworks on 13 September 2010 - 08:47 PM

I remember years ago now when i was in single figure ages my old man having crate loads of fireworks including shells and some really crazy flying spinning thingies, ufo's and strange looking rockets that really did look like a real rocket with a bit of unscertain flight path !!! rip raps, jumping jacks ha ha and the old atom bomb and thunder king airbombs !!!

We used to have massive bonfire parties and i mean the hole street at our house for the party a true social event. These days i watch the night sky on nov 5th and see probably only 1 house per 10/15 actually let anything off. It worries me badly over the future of the tradition as the youngsters today are not all that interested in fireworks because they havent been brought up with them. Bonfire night turning into a 10 min display at the local park and thats it home t.v then bed.

Sorry for the rant just had to let it out ha ha, but yea lets have a bigger and better 5th this year than last and make that the case for the future !!!!!