Memorial firework displays / Ashes into Fireworks Displays are a truly memorable way to give a loved one a proper send off. And not as expensive as you would think with prices starting under £1000
We get a lot of questions about where and how, so I thought it was wise to share the insight from our pyrotechnic expert on choosing a suitable location:
The following information is a guide to help you find a suitable location for a scattering ashes fireworks display.
1/ As the fireworks display will be a professional display the safety distances we operate under are greater than those specified for public use of fireworks. Broadly speaking there needs to be at least 30 meters between the fireworks and the audience, and then about 100 meters of clear space beyond the fireworks for fallout (i.e. space where there are no people, or buildings that could get easily damaged). This is only a guide as the prevailing wind direction and the type of fireworks being used also play an important factor.
2/ The location must have the land owners permission to hold a fireworks display.
Generally speaking private homes are not suitable unless they have large enough gardens.
The kind of locations we have provided scattering ashes displays include, golf clubs, football, cricket and rugby clubs, town and country parks, country house hotels and coastal beeches.
We can quickly give you an idea of the potential suitability of a location if you send us the postcode address.
Please note that whilst parks and coastal beaches maybe freely open for public access, they will still be owned by someone or an organisation who will have to give permission for a display to take place. If you are unsure who owns a piece of land the best place to start is with the local authority.
We will always try and accommodate a display in a location if its at all possible. For instance we did a display right in a town centre just before Christmas because the location was so important to the family. The display we provided was not one of the standard packages as it had to be highly tailored to suit the location – but it was what they wanted.
3/ You must also take into consideration any sensitive neighbours. By sensitive neighbours we generally mean people with animals – particularly horses or dogs, or anyone that might be be upset by an unexpected fireworks display i.e. residents of a nursing home. You do not need any kind of licence for a display – but you must take all reasonable steps to let people know that you are planning a fireworks display so that they have ample time to prepare, and so that there is no unpleasantness afterwards.
4/ Firework displays are not permitted after 11pm, and we would recommend that any display is done well before 10pm so that it is more socially acceptable for neighbours.