But that packaging helps ensure the stability of the fireworks. I'm old enough to remember the days of pencil thin Standard / Brocks / Astra fountains that had to be pushed into the garden soil. No padded out air-box packaging, for sure. But, as a Vicar, I get to visit lots of people in their homes and so many of them these days don't have soil to stick one of the traditional fountains in. Or if they do, it's not where a firework should be in terms of distances, or where a firework could easily be put in terms of the plants already there. And so many people don't have lawns that you can poke a slim firework into and just leave an inconspicuous aeration hole behind. There's a house near me where the new garden is paving and astroturf, for example. At least the boxy fireworks can be put on the ground and be stable and safely enjoyed. Personally, I'd prefer not to have all that packaging. But I can see it has some merit. I'd rather have the fireworks as I used to remember them - and find, or else make, somewhere safe in the garden to stick them securely in the soil. But I can live with the way the selection box fireworks are presented to us these days if it means more people can safely enjoy the traditional treat of fireworks at home.