How Firework Rockets Work

Firework Rockets are, in short, simple in design. A union of a typical firework aerial shell on top of a motor, that propels it into the sky.

Mainly, when the fuse burns, the sparks ignite the rocket composition inside the motor casing. This makes enough trail of sparks to lift the entire firework, with the help of the stick to balance it.

When all of the motor mixtures has been drained, The flame goes in the fire hole to burn the stars or components, that are set within the head.

Diagram showing How Firework Rockets Work

Inside diagram of a rocket.
Diagram showing the inside of a firework rocket

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There are plenty of firework for selection on the market right now. Varying in size, big or small. But they all work in the same way.

Another diagram of a rocket without the iconic triangular head, some rocket heads are merged within the packaging.

How Firework Rockets Work
A diagram showing a typical merged consumer fireworks rocket head.

The head part of the rocket can come in 3 forms. On occasions, the stabilizing stick will be thicker and longer.

Furthermore, rocket motors can range in size thinner or even thicker, to produce better heights for bigger effects.

Another rocket head that can be seen on the consumer market is the ball heads. Here is an inside diagram of a typical ball head rocket.

How Firework Rockets Work
Inside diagram of a consumer ball head firework rocket.

To point out, rockets are rarely used in public professional displays. To clarify, this is mostly due to loose timing and safety worry with debris.

Rocket CE Regulation

Overall, there is no difference between the amount of powder allowed in a 1.4g and or 1.3g rocket from the old BS regulations to the new CE regulations.

The only difference is the way they are tested. Furthermore, the labels will be more different than previous information.

Pyro Mesh or Wire Mesh stays the same with rockets. By enclosing rockets in a wire mesh frame they are made safer in the event of a fire. The storage allows rockets to be classed as 1.4G fireworks rather than the more powerful 1.3G.

This allows retailers who stock and sells 1.4g fireworks to also stock 1.3g as 1.4g, with a UN Test Series 6.

Safely Setup Firework Rockets

There are various ways to safely set up rockets. Most consumer packs come with a decent size launch tube. You will need to find your own ways of securing the tube. It requires a free to launch without being stuck.

In short, you will need the following tools, to manage in most cases, a safe successful flight.

  • Long Wooden pole or equivalent
  • Club hammer
  • Duct tape
  • Your firework

In the event that, you are planning to leave your firework for a while, before launching It would be in a nutshell, wise to waterproof the rocket with a plastic bag.

Setting Up

Locate a sturdy patch within the area you are firing. Place the long wooden pole in the spot you have chosen, use the club hammer to bang the pole into the ground. Making sure it is firm and secure, Use the duck tape to secure the launch tube to the pole.

Place your rocket into the tube. In short, Make sure it can by hand move out freely. When you are ready, you can, in brief, remove the fuse cap, at arm’s length using a portfire, light it.


In short, place the bag over the firework and tape around it. When you are ready to light it, tear the bag, push it down the pole.

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