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Cake failure

28 August 2006 - 11:49 PM

I fired a display this weekend, and on the whole things went very well.
However, it could have been quite different. As part of the finale, i had 4 large salute cakes, one of which fired about 20 of its 100 comet/salutes before ripping itself apart.

this was the culprit: Imperial Warlord, from NG fireworks, part of Cosmic.
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and this is what it ended up like: (click for big)
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Particularly worrying is that there were live loose tubes on the ground, easily capable of firing off randomly and causing serious harm im sure.

However, something good to be said for the cake design is that they didnt fire. The fuse running through the tubes was not a single length, as im sure many are?? but a series of little lengths.
This meant that the tubes flung clear were not still burning in this case.

I dont know what i could have done differently to prevent it, and i guess it happened as safely as possible. However it was a little worrying!! I wouldnt like to be hand-firing next to anything thats gonna do that anytime soon. :(

Has anyone else experienced this happening, or is it a real rare thing?

Is it worth contacting the retailer? or doing anything different in future?

Give this man a job!

22 November 2005 - 11:11 PM

Ok, this isnt pyro related as such, but it is pretty cool:


i wonder what he could do with a few grands of pyromusical equiment :D

Rocket Tooling

10 November 2005 - 04:51 PM

Another of my 1lb motors failed the other night. Im pretty much ready to give up with the home-made tooling and buy proper kit.

So, what is the best bet?
Are there any suppliers of tooling in the UK whatsoever?

If it has to be the US, which supplier is best?
wolter - $88
firefox - $70
skylighter - $102.25
Harold - ??? I emailed him a couple days back but no reply yet.

Or better yet, does anyone have any second hand tooling for sale?

Darwin candidate?

05 November 2005 - 02:02 PM

another one born every minute. Every 10 secs if you count america :P


idiots, but still funny :lol: :lol: