Fireball Characteristics as Determined in a Test Simulating the Early Stage of a Fireworks Truck Loading Accident

K.L. and B.J Kosanke

A few years ago there was an investigation and analysis of an accident thought to have been initiated by the ignition of a case of spherical aerial shells in the cargo area of a truck. It was thought that the case of shells had been dropped or thrown to the floor of the truck during the course of its loading. (Note that some of the facts of the matter may be in dispute.) As part of that investigation, it was thought that a simple test would aid in establishing the likely sequence of events during the early stages of the accident. Accordingly a test was performed to estimate the extent and rapidity with which the initial fireball would develop from the ignition of a case of spherical aerial shells. Because the information developed by the test is of general interest to persons working with display fireworks, this brief article has been written.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 6, (2001-2002), pp 103-106

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