Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a fireworks display cost?
The cost of a fireworks display varies. We initially ask you (the client) as to your projected budget. Then, we can explain to you the elements that will determine what kind of fireworks display or performance you can expect for that budget.

How high do fireworks shells go?
Generally 30 metres per 25mm of shell diameter.

What is the difference between an aerial shell and ground firework?
An aerial shell, although it may have a 'tail', has its main burst in the sky. A ground firework will begin its burst from the moment it leaves its mortar (firing tube), and may have several different effects including whistles, direction changes, whizzers and loud reports.

What happens if it rains?
If the weather is not conducive to allow the safe firing of your display, then you should have a secondary plan to fire your display on another night. This is normally the following night or on another night that is agreed on by you and WestCoast Fireworks, however it must be in the same calendar year.

How much distance do we need from the firing area to our spectators and parking areas?
The distance factors are established by AS2187.4 regulations. These are dependant on the largest size and type of shells being used. In other words the largest shell used dictates the minimum distance required. However, as wind direction and strength is often unpredictable,  we prefer to increase the distance for a safety buffer zone.

What is the last date that we can make a decision?
Permit applications to the Department of Industry and Resources take a minimum of two weeks to process, as well as town Shires require a minimum of two weeks to sign the appropriate part of the application. We recommend speaking to your local council office to find out their requirements, and to complete your budget and display booking within two months ahead of the desired date.

Is there really any difference in the quality of fireworks?
Fireworks are classified into three classes; Class A, Class B and Class C. Class A fireworks are manufactured to the highest quality, ensuring an 100% successful fire rate with no safety breaches to our   technicians or the public. At WestCoast Fireworks we supply only Class A fireworks, ensuring the guarantee of safety for us, our clients and the spectators.

Why is there a difference in the quality of the fireworks, and how do I tell the difference? I keep seeing the same name used in proposals we get, such as chrysanthemum and peony; aren't they all the same?
The quality of fireworks is based on how many shells out of 100 actually burst successfully, the colour intensity, the height and the distace the fireworks reach. The lower quality shells will often fall back to the ground, detonate low and its colours won't be as vivid in the sky. Chrysanthemums and Peonies are the correct name for the shape of the fireworks burst; the colour shape you see in the sky after the firework has burst is determined by how the individual shell is manufactured.

Do all fireworks come from China?
No, however approximately 80-90% of all display fireworks used in Australia come from China. Chinese fireworks have been developed for centuries and their Class A fireworks are generally more predictable and well designed; they are as predictable as fireworks can get, which ensure the maximum safety of all spectators and technicians.

Why should we change our firing location, the company we used previously told us this was okay?
Before we put forward a quote we like to inspect the proposed site, to determine the safety distance factors and other logistical considerations. We make our proposals based on what is the safest scenario possible for the client. This may require a location change even if a fireworks display has been hosted at the same site successively without incident; our best interest is to prevent accidents and injuries to spectators.

We have just received a proposal from another company and it looks like they are giving us more shells than you are; why?
This may mean they are using cheaper, lower quality shells, or are using smaller shells, which although cheaper do not give the range of effects available in larger shells. Lower quality shells also have a higher risk of detonating unsafely, which heightens the risk of serious injury to both technicians and the spectators.

WestCoast Fireworks' Michelle Boyland and Jinsheng Fireworks' representative Tom.
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