FIREWORKS are safer now than they have ever been, claimed a Huddersfield expert.
Phil Murray’s comments came as thousands across Huddersfield prepared to celebrate a weekend of bonfires and firework displays.
Murray, the senior operations and technical manager at Standard Fireworks, the UK’s leading fireworks supplier, said that developments in firework technology and manufacturing mean that fireworks have never been safer or more exciting, provided they’re used responsibly.
He said: “The technological advances have ushered in a breathtaking array of new firework effects and product types, which are all available to buy for home displays.
“Gone are the days of setting off a couple of rockets on a dreary November night.
“Fireworks offer an incredible range of effects, from the loud retorts of big rockets to the vivid colours and sparkles of fountains and roman candles”.
Significant advances in technology have also improved the safety of fireworks dramatically.
Murray said: “As well as the single ignition selection boxes, which offer improved safety and better customer value, the development and use of ‘visco’ fuses, instead of blue touch paper, means that the act of lighting a firework is much safer.
“The fuses are watertight and burn with a visible external flame, which makes it easy to determine whether the fuse is properly lit.
“Many people think of fireworks as dangerous but, just like a car, they’re actually really very safe if you use them sensibly.”
Murray is in charge of manufacturing and engineering controls at Black Cat and Standard Fireworks’ factory in Crosland Hill, Huddersfield. He is also chairman of the British Fireworks Association, a position he has held since April 2012.
Fireworks are now on sale in the UK until November 13.