Wherever you’re spending Bonfire Night, we can help you light up the sky with our explosive range of fireworks.  With over 80 different bundles and fireworks to choose from, we’ve got everything you need to celebrate in style.Our selection of Rockets, Catherine Wheels, Roman Candles and Fountains are perfect for young children whilst our range of Selection Boxes and Display Packs include a variety of fireworks that complement each other. For a more powerful display, our range of Barrages and 1.3G Power Fireworks will send up a cacophony of noise and colour whilst our Single Ignition Display Packs allow you to enjoy the show as well. Go to FAQ

Firework FAQ

Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?

Back on November 5th 1605, Guy Fawkes and his friends were unhappy with King James I’s treatment of Catholics and wanted him off the throne. They smuggled barrels of gunpowder into the cellar of the Houses of Parliament with the intention of killing him at the state opening of parliament. Their plan was foiled and Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellar before he could set fire to the gunpowder and sentenced to death. The following year, the Observance of 5th November Act was passed which made the date an annual thanksgiving to celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot. On 5th November 1606, Bonfires were lit and people celebrated the safety of the King.

Where do fireworks come from?

Gunpowder was discovered by accident by Chinese alchemists who were looking to create a substance that would create immortality. Made from a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulphur, the early forms of gunpowder exploded in a remarkable way when it came into contact with fire. It wasn’t long before Chinese inventors realised they had a very useful weapon on their hands and started to put it inside bamboo tubes to use in wars. Within 200 years, they transformed the bamboo sticks into rockets that they could use against their enemies. They tried to keep their discovery to themselves but it eventually made its way to Europe where they were developed to include metal and other ingredients that would enhance the brightness and create shapes. It was this development that turned gunpowder from an accidental discovery into the fireworks we know and love today.

How do fireworks make their sound?

Different chemicals are used inside each firework to create their unique sounds. Slow reacting chemicals create vibrating sound effects such as whistles whilst fast burning chemicals create the explosive effect synonymous with fireworks. Loud bangs - Compacted into a small shell, a combination of oxidiser, sulphur and metal burn quickly to produce a flash of light and a loud bang. Crackling noise – the crackling sound is mainly to do with chemistry. Filled with lead tetroxide, bismuth trioxide and bismuth subcarbonate, the rapid combustion of these fireworks produce a crackling effect. Whistling sounds – Tightly packed into a tube, gallic acid, socium salicylate, potassium benzonate and picric acid are mixed with oxidisers to create a standing wave in the tube and letting off a whistle effect.

How do fireworks get their colour?

Inside each firework are pyrotechnic stars that determine the colour, effect and shape of fireworks. Each star contains different metal powders for each firework colour. Red fireworks include Strontium salts. Orange fireworks include Calcium salts. Yellow fireworks include Sodium salts. Green fireworks include Barium salts. Blue fireworks include Copper salts. Purple fireworks combine Copper and Strontium salts. Silver fireworks include white hot Magnesium and Aluminium. White fireworks include Magnesium, Aluminium and Titanium.

How do I dispose of fireworks safely?

To safely dispose of a damaged or unused firework, completely submerge the firework in a bucket of water and allow it to soak for 48 hours. This will render the firework inactive and make it safer to dispose of. Double wrap the soaked firework in a plastic bag to stop it from drying out and place the wrapped bag into your household waste bin. Water used to soak the firework should be poured over your garden and not down a drain as it may contain nitrates and other pollutants that can affect your water supply.

When can I set off fireworks?

Fireworks can be set off any day of the year but there is a curfew on the use of fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on: Bonfire Night (when the curfew is between 12 midnight and 7am) New Years Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali Night (when the curfew is between 1am and 7am)

What are 1.3G Power Fireworks?

1.3G fireworks are often known as display fireworks and contain 4 times more gunpowder than a standard rocket. They are intended for use in large open areas and are not recommended for small or enclosed gardens.

Can I buy fireworks all year round?

Here at JTF, we are licensed to sell fireworks all year round meaning you can have a firework spectacular at your wedding or birthday. Fireworks are available to buy online over the Bonfire and New Year’s period online or can be purchased from one of our stores any time of the year.

How much does delivery cost?

We have three different firework delivery charges depending on the cost of your order. For orders between £0 and £100, the delivery charge is £9.99. For orders between £101 and £250, the delivery charge is £19.99. For orders over £250, delivery is free.

When will my order be shipped?

Fireworks are delivered the next working day if ordered before 2pm Mon-Fri. Orders placed after 2pm or on weekends will take 3-5 working days.

Do I have to be in for delivery?

As fireworks are an age restricted product, you will need to be at home when delivery is made. To comply with regulations, our couriers require a signature from you and may ask for ID when they deliver your fireworks if they believe you look under 25.