There is currently a Fireworks Shortage in the UK from the Chinese fireworks factories. Don’t forget to order your fireworks early; we have lots of loud fireworks for sale.
The fact that one of the biggest firework factories in China was shut down for three months. Has led many people in the industry saying that there will be a worldwide shortage. Not good news for the UK market, with Bonfire Night fast approaching.
Forecasts such as this have in the past ultimately proved to be not as detrimental to the industry as first feared.
Due to the foretasted fireworks shortage, we would advise that it’s probably wise to get hold of fireworks now, just in case!
It was a similar scenario to this year’s Olympics in Brazil, a publicised scare story had people worried, warning that there was no way all the building work would get finished in time for the opening ceremony. This fear, of course, was not the case, the Games proved to be highly successful.
Mention of the Olympics brings back memories of 2008. There was a fear then of a significant fireworks shortage in this country, which imports eighty percent of its stock from China.
Why is there a fireworks shortage?
First of all fifteen thousand crates of fireworks exploded. Next, the Chinese government shut down all factories to address the pollution cloud hanging over Beijing during the Games. There was a fear that pyrotechnic displays throughout the world would be severely affected as there was an understandable shortage. It was not as significant as had been suggested, however.
Independence Day celebrations in America and Bonfire Night parties here in Britain all went ahead with no recognisable adverse effects.
Why did the factories get shut down?
In August last year, two explosions at a Chinese fireworks factory killed more than a hundred people. In response, there was a temporary clampdown by the authorities on the distribution of all dangerous goods.
How does this affect shipping to the UK?
One of the problems is that there are a limited number of ports that are licenced to handle hazardous material. Due to the explosions that number got reduced, thus exacerbating the situation.
However, as always, it was not long before regular service was resumed.
Whatever happens, while there may be a temporary shortage, production recovers, sooner rather than later. There is a good possibility that it will be a similar story following the recent factory closure.
It is likely there will be a shortage of fireworks to light up the night sky on November 5. Perhaps not the usual wide range of choice, however, there will still be sufficient supply to enjoy an excellent display.
Your favourite fireworks are still there on display! There is plenty of time for you to order your Rockets, Roman candles, Sparklers and the rest, to give your family a treat as you ‘remember, remember, the fifth of November’.
As an alternative, you could always take the option of attending one of the many communal bonfire night celebrations.
Whatever happens, you may rest assured and not fear a cancellation of bonfire night due to insufficient fireworks.
The show must and of course, will always go on!