BOOM: Fireworks and Packaging

July 29, 2014

Did you see the magical fireworks display this past weekend at the Honda Celebration of Light? Fireworks are a sure sign that summer is here and we couldn’t be more excited to the sunshine filled days. Our packaging minds were racing on Saturday. So in advance of tomorrow night’s fireworks, we thought we would do some investigating into how fireworks are packaged safely for transport.

Image from The Vancouver Sun
Image from The Vancouver Sun

Let’s start near the beginning, the Chinese invented gun power in 1000 AD. This was perhaps the first instance of fire in the sky. The Chinese emperor illumined the sky with it to scare away the enemy during a historic battle. During the Renaissance, the Europeans invented the fireworks we are familiar with today. Needless to say, during these times the safety measures were not as stringent as they are today. This How it Works video demonstrates how fireworks are put together safely.

Today, modern pyrotechnicians use computers to ignite the fireworks from a safe distance and to synchronize their bursts with music. Now you might  be asking, where does packaging have to do with fireworks?

Well, everything needs to be packaged in one way or another to arrive at its final destination. Fireworks are particularly dangerous because they are made of explosives. As a result each state in the United States has its own regulations as to how fireworks are shipped.  One of the most important aspects to pay attention to when shipping fireworks is the climate control. The more areas you can control, the safer the shipping.

Image from Firework-Review
Image from Firework-Review

At Great Little Box we are fascinated by how dangerous goods are shipped. One part we pay a lot of attention to is that fireworks are labelled with international colour codes to indicate the size of the firework shell. We always love learning about all the uses of labels in the world.

We’ll be heading to the Honda Celebration of Light tomorrow night. When you are there, try to imagine the number of explosives going off during the show, and how many labels are being put to their highest use! We are label lovers!

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