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Bonfire Display

Discussion in 'Let's Talk Fireworks!' started by Tomo, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Tomo

    Tomo Galactic Firework Addict

    start of year my friends taken over a local pub. He's asked me to fire a display on 4th November, Everything is in order he's covered insurances ect got plenty of room for a display.

    But he's texted yesterday now saying local town council is now involved and they want to discuss things with me.
    Are they going to rule me out?
    I'm confiedent enough to do this display but are they going to look for exepeirenceas I've only ever done backyard displays. We've got a lot of surrounding town council displays and they use the local display company but after what I seen last year I could offer a lot more from Galatics products. (Just from cat 2/3)

    On a plus side I've spent a lot of time making folder with information in it for this display, crowd control,fall out zones etc.

    I'd be totally gutted now if they ruled me out Just looking for other people's thoughts ??
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
  2. danielpyronutter

    danielpyronutter Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Go for it Bro just tell them what you just told us and that u are fully prepared and that you have experience doing family displays on the same scale
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  3. Top Gun Tony

    Top Gun Tony Galactic Firework Guru

    Tomo you need to take a step back and think about this bloody seriously...

    At the Pro displays I do, beforehand Method Statements and Risk assessment's will have been carried out to assess firing site.
    Also just in case thing's get out of hand will you have a fire extinguisher to hand. Any expensive sports cars hidden away in any garages next to the pub for instance that may cost a fortune to replace in the event of burning fallout...!!

    I could go on and on.. all i would say is listen to what the council say..... And if they say you are not qualified then so be it..

    Sorry..... But I wouldn't want to be in any public crowd on the busiest fireworks night of this year watching fireworks being fired from an enthusiast only... !!!

    I'll be in Grantham myself on BFN..;)
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
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  4. danielpyronutter

    danielpyronutter Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Of course be sure to get insurance etc
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  5. Tomo

    Tomo Galactic Firework Addict

    thanks for that tony and Daniel. Maybe it is out my depth. See what comes from meeting
  6. Simon Weir

    Simon Weir Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    Check the full insurance details. When I purchased a single event insurance 2 years back from the same company Galactic use it cost £1100 for the one event. An annual policy is circa £1.5-2k. You really need a minimum of £5m public liability and also insurance to cover all Firers and typically that is a £10m policy. To get the insurance I needed to demonstrate risk assessments, my method statement, that I had sought the Civil Aviation Authority permission (online form to be completed 2 months before an event) a BPA or PwSK Firers qualification etc. Personally I would seek the council's advice and sanction. This community will help you through it but there is a huge difference in responsibility when firing for the public and one that I still have sleepless nights over ... and that is even before picking the display. Ps also I lose money every display, so you have to ask is it worth it.
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  7. danielpyronutter

    danielpyronutter Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    £1100 for 1 event wtf really
  8. danielpyronutter

    danielpyronutter Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    I'm looking to start my own display business strictly cat 3
  9. Simon Weir

    Simon Weir Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    Yes. Single event insurance is based on numbers attending, doesn't matter what Cat the fireworks. You have additional questions if Cat4. An annual policy is based on turnover and recommended if you will fire more than £10k, which if large displays could be just 3 displays in a year. You also need to add in materials I now have 4 x different firing systems (all used for different purposes during a display) and it scares me the amount I have spent on set up/racking/boards/tools etc over the last 3 years touching £4k, so unlikely doing the few shows I do each year I will ever make a living at it.

    Daniel Pyro Nutter (dpn) good luck to you, but remember if you are carrying just 1 item of 1.3 it is all classified as 1.3 and more than 50 kg of NEQ means ADR rules. My show are regularly 70 kg of NEQ so again more cost and complexity ... my first show was all Cat2 and Cat3 and took hours to set up and weeks in the planning and prep.

    I don't want to put you off but setting up your own company, why the hassle? just get affiliated to a display company and fire for them like Top Gun Tony (tgt), George and I do.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
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