Discussion in 'Fireworks Nostalgia, Collectables And History' started by Firefiend, Mar 10, 2012.
My favourite Bangers.............
Out of interest, were any British bangers ever flash powder based, or did any make a decent bang? My memory of Standard and Astra bangers in the late 70s/early 80s was that they made a rather dull "phut".
As usual Firefiend comes up with quality stuff !
There were plenty of flash powder bangers around up to the 1950's. Information I have from a DTI leaflet indicates that they were phased out by the 1960's. In 1961 the black powder content was reduced from 40 to 30 grains max. In 1979 it was reduced by a further 20% (I assume to 24 grains). It's no wonder they only produced a dull phut'! They were banned from sale on 31/12/1997. I let off a couple of old poor condition Excelsior flash bangers a couple of years ago and they were much louder than the last of the BP bangers and both ended up split from end to end.
Perhaps I should have made this thread just Pain's & Pains-Wessex to add their other fireworks, but can't edit it now!
Done at your request.
Checked my banger collection, have these 4 versions of Cannon Crasher,,,,,,,,,,
To be honest, the 'phut' emitted from bangers didn't really bother me but that's because I was grew up in that era when black powder was used and so I was accustomed to it.
The ban still rankles me and always will. It feels like someone has discarded an important piece in the jigsaw puzzle of pyrotechnics
Just out of interest/curiosity, does anyone think it'd be a fair idea to bring bangers back into sale to the public but, on the flip side, they'd be deliberately made expensive so that only those (18+) who really need them have to pay through the nose? I'm thinking of something like £25 - £30 for a pack of 10 bangers. Think it'd work?
I only included examples of the general label styles and end sealing (clay or wax). The shorter of the two colourful versions was a 2d from Mitcham and the larger was the 2.5d from Salisbury. Noticed that I accidentally included two identical London Rousers!
1950's and earlier Pain's....
1960's-70's style Pain's...........
Can add this to the debate, Minuteman Rocket
So now we know where you got your avatar from, Firefiend.
Now I'm definitely sure I know you Firefiend! You were at my 21st birthday party a few years ago....
Correct and I remember it well, especially your birthday cake and the outfits!! It was a great evening and I still have the pics. I did not link your Pyromania name to the other name you use!
Well spotted Julian, just see that hidden in one of the photos!
Yet again these photos are amazing - thanks to everyone who is taking the time to upload
A few more Pains items.
Missed one unusual Pain's item......
Excelsior sold the same item (Excelsior Flash Ray Gun)
Not sure it was quite "The answer to the Banger" as they put it in their advert!!
If anyone wants any I have some spares of these available........ set one off last year, emits sparks and was better than i thought it would be, didn't destroy the item during the burn process........ might do another soon and video it.
Is the Excelsior brand Essex Pyrotechnics sell related to the southport company ??I belive there is a golf course on the Excelsior site at Southport now and the only reminder to the past is a hole on the golf course called .."The firework factory"
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