Book Review Firework Displays: Explosive Entertainment

By: Dr. Tom Smith

Published by: Chemical Publishing Company –
ISBN: 978-0-8206-0064-2 (B&W Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-8206-0064-1 (Color Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-8206-0064-8 (eBook)

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This book gives a very comprehensive overview of the world of fireworks. It comprises – amongst others – information on historical developments of firework displays, introduces the large variety of(sub-) types and categories, identifies possible hazards to be considered during the planning offirework displays and gives recommendations in case of accidents/incidents.

Especially the description of the probabilistic approach of assessing risks (based on hazards in combination with frequencies) highlights a promising alternative in a field that seems currently be dominated by simple deterministic methods in many countries. Moreover, the book provides information on latest legislationas well as standardisation aspects and gives guidance on the fireworks event planning not only to the users (with or without specialist knowledge) but also to the enforcers, who are dealing with the assessments of professional firework displays prior to the permission of these.

It should therefore be considered, to include this book in respective national training courses, which form the basis of licensing systems with regard to the training of “persons with specialist knowledge” in Europe. Taking this into account, it is recommended to translate this book to other languages in order to allow a broader community to share the information provided in this book.

Reviewed by Dr. Christian Lohrer

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