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New Years’ 2022 Fireworks from around the World

As the world bid farewell to 2021, we round up the New Years’ Fireworks displays welcoming in 2022. From the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the beach at Rio de Janeiro people watched spectacular fireworks displays. We will whizz around the world as the sun flys to show you full-length videos of the displays.


One of the world’s favourite displays from Sydney’s harbour bridge and surrounding area. Never disappoints.

New Years Fireworks – Sydney, Australia


The weather was pretty terrible in Taipei, Taiwan but the Taipei 101 skyscraper still looked spectacular with fireworks from it.

New Years Fireworks – Taipei, Taiwan


An awesome visual and pyrotechnic treat was delivered from the Burj Khalifa skyscraper – wow!

New Years Fireworks – Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Not a great fireworks display but what a location! Hopefully, they will make this into a world-class show one day!

New Years Fireworks – Athens, Greece


Bit of a strange one this! After the normal event was cancelled they hurriedly came up with a sort of stay-at-home TV show that had fireworks, drones and artistic performances along the river Thames. Did it work? – Not really!

New Years Fireworks – London, England

New York

Should this be included? Not really! A tiny bit of pyro after a light ball slowly drops 100ft sounds like the dullest thing ever! But somehow the Americans make a show of it. Guess you need to be there!

New Years Fireworks – New York, USA

Walt Disney World

The fireworks show starts at about 2.30 minutes into the video.

Magical Kingdom – Walt Disney World

Rio De Janeiro

This has to be the largest tonnage of fireworks fired in the world! A 15-minute display from multiple sea barges along Copacabana beach.

New Years Fireworks – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

New Years Fireworks 2022 – by Sonic Fireworks

Whilst most of our New Year’s Eve fireworks were for private venues we did fire a public display for Ilfracombe in North Devon, sponsored by Ilfracombe Holiday Park.

Check out more displays and clips on our Facebook Page and Instagram Account

New Years Fireworks – Ilfracombe, Devon

2021 runners-up at The British Musical Fireworks Championships

In our first ever professional fireworks competition, we came second!

The British Musical Fireworks Championship held in Southport is a prestigious UK competition for professional fireworks companies. Over the years, many of the UK’s top professional companies have competed, with some going on to compete in Global Fireworks Competitions.

Five competitors came together to compete over the 24th to 26th September in Victoria Park, Southport. Each company had to submit a musical theme and a show design before the event then five judges would mark the displays over the three-night competition.

The official rankings;
1st place, Dragon Fireworks from Kent
2nd place, Sonic Fireworks from Devon
3rd place, Star Fireworks from Berkshire

We took a team of ten up to Merseyside in 3 vans and a minibus. Our show was prepped on Saturday and rigged all day Sunday next door to Star Fireworks. They fired first, followed by our display on Sunday evening.

Rigging the fireworks – with our mascot, Magnus

“It was a fantastic experience. We learned a lot and had a great time meeting other pyrotechnicians from across the UK.” Mike Glover said. “Of course, it was stressful at times, but I couldn’t be more proud of our team. To come away with second place in our first competition is amazing.”

The British Musical Fireworks Championship is one of the two major competitions in the UK, with the other being The British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth. The difference between them is that the Southport event has its fireworks displays set to music, known in the trade as a pyro-musical display.

Designed on the computer with the audio track and fired wirelessly by sophisticated firing systems. Our display had a James Bond theme with a mix of old and new Bond songs also a few famous clips from the Bond actors.

The five judges watching our display

Across the competition, competitors use an estimated two tonnes of explosives with a total weight of fireworks used that exceeds 10 tonnes. Each show requires around five kilometres of wire to connect the electrical circuits and 10-15 technicians working for over 12 hours to set up the display.

Spectator Michael Paice said of Sonic’s display, “Not one of but THE best display I have EVER seen, and I’m not saying that just because I’m Bond aficionado.”

Will we compete in the Plymouth Championships? At the moment we don’t know but based on our experience in Southport the crew are raring to compete some more, so watch this space!

The full display filmed from behind the judges

Fireworks at your Wedding – Advice

Sonic Fireworks has fired displays for many hundreds of Weddings over the past 20 years. Here are some of our top tips for fireworks at your Wedding.

Talk to the Venue first

Most venues do not allow fireworks and, those that do might have some restrictions on noise level and firing time. Sometimes the Venue may be uncertain about having them and will need some professional advice. Talk to them early on in your planning to avoid any disappointment. We have curated a list of some favourite venues we’ve worked at over the years see, our Venue Finder online.

Firing Time

Your fireworks display must end by 11 pm – it’s the Law. Around the Summer equinox (June – July), it will only be twilight at this time. The weather conditions and the aspect of the display will make a difference in how dark it is.

Some venues may put an earlier deadline such as 10 pm to appease neighbours. During June and July, the sky will be light. The fireworks will still look good but will look different than they would in a dark sky.

Don’t leave the firing time too late because guests may leave the Wedding before the display starts, especially if the fireworks are a surprise. The perfect time is during the evening entertainment break. It will allow the venue staff to reset the room or bring out a buffet while everyone is outside watching the fireworks. It also allows those with children to end their evening in style while the hardened party-goers can go back in for the late session.

Fireworks at Deer Park, Devon
Fireworks at Deer Park, Devon

Surprise Fireworks

More than anything else, surprise fireworks tend to cause us grief! Mainly because people forget to tell us and sometimes because it is impossible to be incognito at the Venue.

Tell us right from the get-go if you are planning a surprise and for who. We can then ensure we don’t spoil the surprise by sending an email or phone call to the wrong person.

We recommend that you tell the person early-on on the Wedding day that you have a surprise fireworks display. Then if they or guests see us setting up the fireworks, they won’t have the surprise spoilt. At some venues, our firing site is in full view of the guests all day. 

Please note that it is now our policy for staff to be in uniform whenever they are working so that the Venue, farmers and authorities know who we are and what we are doing.

Bonfire Night & New Year’s Eve

If your Wedding is on or near Bonfire Night or New Year’s Eve, you will likely be thinking of fireworks. However, most firework companies are busy at this time of year doing fundraisers’ and public events.

There might be an option of booking a crew for a follow-on gig. A booked fireworks crew for a big public show can sometimes do a small private display before or after the main show. Bonfire Night displays are usually around 7 pm a later, private booking could happen for 11 pm. Likewise, New Year’s Eve displays are at midnight an earlier private booking could happen at 7 pm. All of this depends on the logistics our best advice is to speak to us early.

(The firework curfew is lifted to Midnight for November 5th and 1 am on New Year’s Eve.)

Music makes the difference

We specialise in pyromusical fireworks displays and, they do elevate the experience to another level. When choosing the music, think about how appropriate it might be for fireworks. Rhythm changes and crescendos in the track are ideal for synchronising the fireworks too.

Wedding Couple watch fireworks at Deer Park, Devon
Wedding Couple watch fireworks at Deer Park, Devon

Capture the moment

Tell your photographer or videographer about the fireworks. We are always happy to advise them about where the fireworks will appear and how to get the best shots. Also, ask someone to film the audience reactions while watching the display makes for a good memory!

We work with the Venue as well as for you

Please be aware that the Venue has neighbours and a local reputation to maintain so that if they restrict the display style or firing time, they are doing so for a good reason.

Sonic Fireworks offers a style of display called Whisper Displays that are gaining popularity. These displays are reduced height and noise fireworks for sensitive venues. We spend a great deal of time and effort to ensure we can create spectacular displays with these fireworks. They are even better when set to music.

Wedding Couple hold coloured flares just as the turn to silver sparks
Wedding Flares – Coloured Flare to Sparks

Smokes, Sparkles and Flares

We have a wide range of Smokes, Sparklers and Flares that are ideal for dramatic photographs. Sparklers are great fun for the guests to wave when watching the fireworks. These items are available from our shop.

Home Weddings

Weddings at home with a marquee in the garden, the fireworks will probably need to be in a local farmers field unless you have a large garden or estate. We will need the landowner’s permission to work.

We strongly advise letting the local farmers and livestock owners know about your fireworks display and what time it’s firing. Let the neighbours know (they might organise a party to watch the fireworks!)

As long as we have the landowner’s permission, we fire before 11 pm – then nothing is stopping you from having fireworks.

Magical Memories

We describe fireworks as the cherry on top of the icing, on top of the cake! In other words, very few Weddings have them. However, those that do have fireworks will create something that your family and friends will be talking about for years!

Girl Fire Power

I tell you what I want, what I really, really want… More female crew members.

Sonic Fireworks is an unusual professional fireworks company in that it is not only joint-owned by a woman, over the years it has had four regular female firers. Today Michelle (co-owner) and Molly are the only regular female firers, we want that to change.

In a male-dominated industry, we are actively looking to redress the gender balance. Do you have what it takes to become a professional fireworks firer?

It’s hard work

The first thing to know is that it is an outdoor all-weather gig. This is Britain it rains all the bloody time! But you are also sometimes rewarded with a beautiful Summers evening out in the countryside.

It’s also a lot of lifting equipment from one place to another, on the plus side its a great way to get fit. Not put off yet? You might be surprised to know that there is a lot of wiring and electronics in a fireworks display. Gone are the days of lighting fireworks by hand, it’s all fired electronically.

Then there is the onsite fusing and rigging of the fireworks themselves. Making sure that the show is fired to plan takes care and attention to detail. It’s a lot of teamwork.

Mike & Michelle wiring up the racks of Shells
Mike & Michelle wiring up the racks of Shells

After the slog of set-up, lugging equipment, fusing and wiring up the firing system the display is finally ready to fire. This is the tense bit, making your final checks and waiting for the go. The adrenalin starts pumping, it’s showtime, it’s time to perform. The crowd waits, the signal is given and in what feels like a blur the display is done.

What a buzz though, really there is nothing quite like being up close and personal to a professional fireworks display. The crowd goes wild, you know you have made their evening. All that hard work is worth it. Now comes the de-rig.

It’s a lot of fun

So why do Molly and Michelle do this? Both of them say that it’s not just the excitement of working with fireworks, it’s also the camaraderie of your team.

“We have become friends, often meeting up for drinks or a beach BBQ. There’s even talk of a Sonic Fireworks skittles team!”


Large displays can be especially fun working on with a large team, sometimes all day to prepare for a show that will entertain thousands.

Sonic Fireworks crew taking a silly photo
Some of Crew having fun at a Bonfire Night display

Sonic Fireworks is looking for two or three more women to join the team. It’s mainly Saturday evening work. There will be full training, you will be chaperoned through your first few displays. You will always work with a senior firer.

Michelle is hoping to organise girls vs boys fireworks display competition next summer where teams can compete for fun, the general public can come to watch and judge the displays.

Would you like to know more?

Fill out our online form or give Michelle an email or give her a call on 01844 849222 to find out more.

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