We opened The Firework Store in 2004 from a small
shop in Wakefield after years of buying and letting of fireworks, which
and bigger. At the time we were the only "proper" firework shop in the
area other than the supermarkets. Our first year was a success and so we
spent a bit more money, put up a website, one of the first in the
country with videos of the fireworks and that year we won 3 awards for
our shop, our website and just being us. These awards were voted for by
customers around the country. Unfortunately that award was stopped some
years ago, but we still boast about it.
So we grew, more stock, bigger range and it was very apparent we'd outgrown our location so in 2009 WE MOVED.
new and current location is a 3,000sq ft unit in an industrial park.
We're a bit off the main road, but we've space and most importantly
enough parking for everyone. With the added space, we incorporated Fancy
Dress and run a successful retail and online shop selling fancy dress
costumes and accessories www.wakefieldfancydress.co.uk .
In 2010 we went to Liuyang, China, the home and birthplace of fireworks
and from where the majority of all fireworks sold in the UK originate.
To say it was an eye opener is an understatement. Apart from the
cardboard tube manufacturing, everything is done by hand. Rows and rows
of buildings fill a vast site where a workforce laboriously work on
fireworks. Away in the distance will be the powder rooms where the tubes
are filled with the explosive powder and away from the main area.
really is a site to behold as the whole area, approximately the size of
greater London without the population, depends solely on Fireworks.
Everywhere you go there's small workshops making something Firework
orientated. As for letting them off...anywhere and anytime. Throughout
the day you hear them but when it gets dark, there always seems to be
something going on.
as you can see, we know about fireworks. So when you come to our shop
or call us we can give you the advise you need. We know that around
Bonfire Night the world and his wife seem to suddenly be firework
retailers with amazing deals and offers. But what happens if you want to
buy fireworks in March, where are they then? The answer is nowhere to
be seen. Why? because it's not profitable and it's expensive to be a
year round retailer. That's what separates them from us. We often get
asked mid year "Do I get a discount as it's not Bonfire night?" the
answer is no. If anything we could put our prices up as the Usual
Suspects don't sell them, they're too busy selling tins of beans or
are specialist firework retailers. We offer advise on safety, firing,
displays and can aid in design of your display. We don't just point at
boxes and grunt and shrug our shoulders when you ask something as last
week I was on groceries, now I'm on Fireworks.
you're buying explosives, so you'll have questions about safety, you'll
want to know am I buying the right fireworks, what are the effects,
will my choices work well together. We can help and advise on all these
things, remember suppliers have their own version of a firework. If
you're not careful you could end up with a similar firework in various
labels, that'd be a repetitive night.
Around Bonfire Night, in addition to "Pop-Up" shops we've mentioned, you may be tempted with fireworks from a dubious source.
"My mate Dave's** got a great box of fireworks, normally sells for £100 but you can have them for £40"
is wrong on so many levels. Firstly, if it's too good to be true, it
is. Secondly there are legal requirements to be able to sell fireworks.
Thirdly, all fireworks sold to the public must undergo stringent tests
and conform to CE specifications, anything not covered by these
standards are illegal to sell as a retail product. Finally, in the event
of a problem who do you go to, are the fireworks stolen? Our advise is
NEVER buy from the back of a van, a guy in the pub, or "Dave**".
Remember you're dealing with EXPLOSIVES, they go bang, they hurt and can
kill. Is it worth putting your friends and family at risk? Also the
fireworks "Dave**" is selling are no where near the quality we sell so
not only are they dangerous, they're usually cr*p.
Dave is a fictitious character we use and does not represent ANY
specific person or company. Any similarity to a genuine Dave who
legitimately sells fireworks is coincidental.