Tom Smith's Blog

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My new book – Firework Displays: Explosive Entertainment – which is a essential handbook for both amateur and professional firers is now available

The book contains chapters on

  • Firework types
  • History
  • Risk assessment
  • Rigging
  • Site and display planning
  • Case studies

Full details and ordering information is available here.



SavedPicture-201311211723.jpgA very old painting of mine (1971) which was judged 1st prize by Rolf Harris – should I be concerned?  Of course not…

We have just revised the Shellcalc program following feedback from a good seminar held in late September

More details can be found here

I am fortunate to have been asked to deliver 2 schools lectures at the Royal Institution on November 5th (good timing) as my colleague and friend Prof Chris Bishop has unfortunately had to pull out at short notice.

Lecturing at the RI is quite an experience and I’m looking forward to it with excitement and a little trepidation!

The lecture is entitled “Firework Displays: The Science of Explosive Entertainment” and is based on my new book

Links here and here – but unfortunately they are all sold out already…..

I was asked to give the opening lecture for the Oxford Chemistry Alumni weekend on September 20th 2013.


A Podacast of the lecture (sadly no images) is available here

We have launched the website with details of forthcoming courses on

  • Pyrochemistry
  • Risk Assessment for Firework Displays
  • The use of Shellcalc
  • Firework Displays: Explosive Entertainment

Check out the site for dates and costs