Report of Aerial Shell Burst Height Measurements

K.L. Kosanke, L.A. Schwertley and B.J. Kosanke

Aerial shell burst height data is perhaps one of the more interesting and important pieces of information that an artistically minded display designer needs. Unfortunately, this information has generally not been available and has essentially never been reported in the technical fireworks literature. One of the authors recently published an article suggesting a simple design for an instrument to collect burst height data.1 Another author fabricated an instrument based on that design, and now offers similar instruments (Pyro-Meter II) for sale to the industry.2 This article reports on the first use of the instrument to collect burst height data for commercial aerial shells.

The Pyro-Meter II is capable of automatically measuring the times between shell firing and shell burst. However, this was not done for most of these test firings.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 2, (1990-1992), pp 1-22

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