About Fireworks

NightSky Pyrotechnics Operator Fired Display

NightSky Pyrotechnics are a display operator for Pyro displays and fireworks in the North West including Southport and Merseyside.

Finding a firework display operator that is safe and provides quality pyro firework displays need not be a hard task as NightSky Pyrotechnics provides the complete solution. Before planning fireworks displays consider who will be the firework display operator as fireworks can be lethal in the wrong hands. Consider whether the site is suitable for displays and ensure that safety is paramount.


Typical Costs

An Operator Fired Display typically costs from £1,250 upwards dependant on location .

Some Further Key Points
  1. Full site visit & survey to assess safety distances & fallout
  2. A Risk Assessment for every Display
  3. Full Public and product liability Insurance

When Can Fireworks Be Used?

Remember fireworks are not just for November 5th, NightSky Pyrotechnics are licensed to sell fireworks all year round. We are a family run business who have helped people celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other such memorable events.

We invite you to sample the quality and value of our fantastic fireworks.

Fireworks can be used at any time of the year. For garden parties it is a courtesy to notify neighbours of your event. Please be considerate by avoiding disturbance to hospitals, care homes, animal shelters and another such establishments.

Please avoid using fireworks late at night. It is now an offense to use fireworks after 11pm with the exception of certain dates such as New Years Eve.

For larger displays the police should be notified. For public events the fire brigade should also be notified.

Nearby airports or coast guards should also be notified when appropriate.

British European Standard

All Fireworks sold by Nightsky Pyrotechnics: comply with British standards BS7114 part 2 1988 or CE reg EN15947. And are supplied on the condition they will be used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions supplied.


You can let off fireworks any day of the year but your display must be finished by 11PM . Exceptions are :

  1. November 5th [ midnight ]
  2. New Years Eve [ 1AM]
  3. Chinese New Year [ 1AM ]
  4. Diwali [1AM ].

It is important to follow these guidelines.


All things about fireworks

History of Gunpowder

Gunpowder was not invented overnight, as far as historians can tell, it was a gradual process over hundreds of years to get from the initial discovery of an unknown explosive substance, to the sophisticated black powder that we know today. In 142 AD, during the Han Dynasty, a man named Wei Boyang wrote the first recorded text regarding gunpowder. He wrote about a concoction of three powders that would "fly and dance" violently in his “Book of the Kinship of the Three”, which detailed the experiments made by the early alchemists. It’s impossible to be absolutely certain that he was talking about gunpowder, but there is no other explosive known to scientists that uses three powders.

Chinese Taoist alchemists were certainly a major force behind the invention of gunpowder. Emperor Wu Di (156-87 B.C.) of the Han dynasty funded research by the alchemists on the secrets of eternal life. In their search for the elixir of life the alchemists experimented with the sulphur and saltpetre heating the substances in order to transform them.

By 300 AD, a scientist of the Chin dynasty called Ge Hong had actually written the ingredients of gunpowder and described the effects. He made gunpowder by mixing sulphur, charcoal, and saltpetre, also called potassium nitrate. Sulphur is found naturally in our environment as a yellow rock, it is mined and processed to create sulphur that can be used in gunpowder. You can make saltpetre with animal manure by leaving it to sit and decompose, potassium nitrate crystals form in the manure, and these can be drained off by washing the manure through with water. The three separate powders are then mixed together, using roughly fifteen parts of saltpetre to three parts of charcoal and two parts of sulphur. The reason gunpowder explodes is that it burns incredibly quickly and when it burns it releases hot gases that are larger in volume than the original powder, causing a rapid expansion, and thus the explosion.

Origin of fireworks

A firework can be defined as a combustible and/or explosive device for producing a striking display of light and/or a loud noise. Fireworks are used all around the world every day in celebrations ranging from small private birthday parties to state sponsored events. The quality and performance of fireworks has changed a lot since their accidental discovery, and now take on many shapes, forms, and an almost infinite range of colours. Here is a brief outline of the progression of fireworks over the centuries.

It is still unclear exactly when fireworks were first invented. Some think that fireworks first originated in China around 2,000 years ago. The most popular legend has it that fireworks were discovered by accident when a Chinese cook working in a field kitchen happened to mix charcoal, sulphur and saltpeter (which were all common kitchen items at the time). The mixture burned and when compressed in an enclosed space, exploded.

However, another school of thought places the discovery at some stage in the 9th century during the Song dynasty (960-1279), although this could easily be confusion over the discovery of gunpowder by the cook in the field kitchen and the invention of the firecracker.

Most often credited with the invention of firecrackers - about 1000 years ago - is a monk called Li Tian. He was from the city of Liuyang in Hunan Province, China. This area is still to this day the largest producer of fireworks anywhere in the world. During the Song Dynasty, a temple was built to worship Li Tian and the people of China still celebrate the invention of the firecracker every April 18th by offering sacrifices to Li Tian and setting off fireworks.

Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, or the Powder Treason, as it was known at the time, was a failed attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics to kill King James I of England (also known as James VI of Scotland), his family, and most of the Protestant aristocracy in a single attack by blowing up the Houses of Parliament during the State Opening on the 5th of November 1605. The conspirators also planned to abduct the royal children, who were not present in Parliament and stir up support to incite a revolt.

The Gunpowder Plot was one of many unsuccessful assassination attempts on James I and followed the Main Plot and Bye Plot of 1603. It has been said by some that the government had some degree of involvement in the Gunpowder Plot; however this has never been proved.

Robert Catesby (the real ringleader of the conspiracy) may have felt forced into the plot when hopes of Catholic toleration under King James I faded, which left many Catholics of the time disappointed and uncertain of the future. However, it is more likely Catesby simply envisaged a Catholic future for England brought about by his dastardly scheme. The plot was intended to begin a rebellion during which James' nine-year-old daughter (Princess Elizabeth) could be installed as a Catholic head of state and controlled by Catholic advisors.

The plot was masterminded from May 1604 by Robert Catesby. Other plotters included Thomas Winter, Robert Winter, Christopher Wright, Thomas Percy, John Wright, Ambrose Rookwood, Robert Keyes, Sir Everard Digby, Francis Tresham, and Catesby's servant, Thomas Bates. The explosives were prepared by Guy Fawkes, an explosives expert with considerable military experience, who had been introduced to Catesby by a man named Hugh Owen.

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We are not a limited company , our principal office is : 418 Southport Road, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 9RE [ No Callers please , Telephone Enquiries Only ] All our prices include VAT [ in relation to the catalogue downloadable on Pdf ] Contact Details 07850591782 / 01704880016

This Fireworks web site features information on three product/service sectors - Firework or Pyrotechnic displays, fireworks for mail order, our online store as suppliers of party products and party novelties. In the fireworks area we have a range of fireworks available for sale from Nightsky Pyrotechnics via mail order. See our party products online store featuring a full range of party products and novelties which you can buy online. Simply browse our fireworks mail order selection or our party products online store and buy with confidence via our secure facility.

In our fireworks area you can find a wide selection of fireworks including rockets, mines, fountains, roman candles, sparklers, and flying Chinese lanterns. Within the party products and novelties online store you can purchase party plates, cups, balloons, party banners, party invitations, wrapping paper, party packs and so much more - simply access the Party Products section in our online store. Information is given in this website on firework safety together with some history and other useful information on fireworks and firework displays. Nightsky Pyrotechnics fireworks are available now and can be delivered to your door all year round. Contact us to arrange delivery to your door of any fireworks featured within this website or just call 01704 880 016 or 07850 591 782