Our regular reviews of fireworks related news have become something of a feature here on the Firework Crazy blog. As fireworks feature in the news far more regularly than most people realise, we decided this year to break our reviews down into quarterly chunks. After all, if we tried to throw everything into one blog at the end of the year that’d either mean a lot of reading and YouTube videos for you guys, or inevitably some noteworthy stories making the cut.
As this is part two of our fireworks in the news series for 2016 we’ll be looking at stories in the news between the beginning of April and the end of June.
This means Fourth of July just missed the cut, but you can check out our post on the best Fourth of July fireworks displays here.
You can also check out part one of our fireworks in the news series for 2016.
When have fireworks featured in the news in the last three months?
Fireworks at the Football
There were a number of unfortunate incidents of football supporters taking fireworks into games across Europe during the last few months of the season. Sadly, this would later spill over into some fixtures during the European Championships, which were held in France.
Although UEFA, European football’s governing body, took action against a number of clubs, one of the most noteworthy cases was that against Liverpool fans, who were also accused of causing trouble in other European fixtures in addition to the story we feature below, which relates to their quarter-final fixture against Borussia Dortmund.
You can read the full story here.
Fire at the Fireworks Factory
One of the scariest instances of fireworks in the news in recent months was this accidental fire at the Fireworks Factory in Bitterne, Southampton.
An explosion at 5am, subsequently causing the blaze, lead to residents being evacuated from their homes and fire crews spending hours on the scene to make the building safe. Mercifully, and some might say miraculously, no-one was hurt, and it is extremely fortunate it didn’t happen later, when there would have been people in the warehouse itself as well as the potential for passers-by to be in the street.
The link above features a selection of videos from the incident.
Where You Can Buy Real Fireworks, Legally, in the United States
Although the United States’ Fourth of July celebrations don’t make the cut for this post, the lead up to Independence Day does.
One of the best features, given the different state legislation and the popularity of illegal fireworks in the United States, was this article from Time highlighting not only where you could buy legitimate fireworks on a state-by-state basis, but also featuring the various levels of fines in each state should individuals be caught selling, using, or be in possession of fireworks when they shouldn’t be.
Fireworks in the News in 2016
Which fireworks news stories have caught your eye in the past three months? Get in touch via our Facebook page to tell us what we might have missed, and remember you can buy fireworks from Firework Crazy for safe, legal use in the United Kingdom all throughout the year.