Sonic Fireworks – British Champions!

Sonic Fireworks has won the 2022 British Firework Championships in Plymouth.

It’s the first time we have competed and we are the first local company to win the championships in the event’s 25 year history.

Mike & Michelle Glover receiving their winners prize money in the form of an oversized cheque.
Mike & Michelle Glover receiving their winners prize money

On a wet and windy second night our crew worked hard from 8am in the morning to rig a very complex and technical display. Their hard work paid off at 9:50pm when we lit up Plymouth with a sound and light spectacular to rapturous applause from the crowds.

Your display was Joyous from start to finish.

Plymouth Lord Mayor, Sue Dann

Husband and wife owners, Mike and Michelle Glover have run Sonic Fireworks for over 20 years in Mid Devon. They always travelled to Plymouth over the years to watch the Championships, vowing one-day to compete and 2022 was their opportunity.

To compete in the British Firework Championships is no minor undertaking, hundreds of hours of preparation goes into the display before even turning up on site. We turned up with 1 tonne of fireworks, over 2 tonnes of equipment and a crew of ten people.

Sonic Fireworks crew rigging fireworks
The crew rigging the fireworks on Mount Batten breakwater

The display consisted of 1242 fireworks fired over 10 minutes that were connected to our firing system with 2.6KM of cable.

All the displays this year contain a sequence of fireworks celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Our tribute consisted of a 35 metre wide by 30 metre high St George’s flag in fireworks with firework projections creating ‘E II R’ over the water we then ending with a thunderous red, white and blue aerial finale.

Fireworks make letters E and R followed by Roman numerals II part of the Jubilee sequence
Firework Projection – E II R

Sonic Fireworks were runners-up at the British Musical Fireworks Championships last year in Southport and as Mike says; 

“we kind of got bitten by the competition bug, we put our name forward for Plymouth and amazingly got drawn to compete and, well the rest is history!”

You’ll be able to watch many public displays by Sonic over the Bonfire Night season this year all across Devon & Cornwall. One of the biggest will be the Exeter Round Table’s display at Westpoint on November 5th.

A few thank you’s from Mike & Michelle

Firstly, our fantastic crew who worked their socks-off in pretty miserable weather to complete what was a very complex show on-time. All the fireworks fired, there were no malfunctions and no damaged equipment – in that weather it just goes to show how good they are.

(There was a small post-display fire in a couple of cakes – nothing out of the ordinary in that wind – it was dealt with quickly and professionally.)

Sonic Fireworks crew picture on the breakwater
Our crew of 7 guys and 3 girls all from Devon & Cornwall

A massive thank you goes to Mike’s Dad who has tirelessly supported the business and has been a rock behind the whole Sonic family. He’s 80 next year and still fitter than nearly all of us – a true legend!

The organiser’s, other competitors and support staff have been so nice and friendly it really has been a pleasure to be at this competition. A special mention goes to our next-door competition neighbours Fully Fused Fireworks and their boss Cliff Stonestreet who has been a friend and mentor to Mike over the last 20 years. They fired an awesome show and came third (they’ve come second and third before as well).

And finally, we have been overwhelmed with the notes on social media, email and messages from our customers, friends, business partners and just general supporters – it means the world to us that you love what we do. In these ‘woke’ days the anti-firework brigade have become a powerful and threatening force in our lives, it really does help us to know that there are not just haters out there – so thank you again to our wonderful supporters.

The British Firework Championships 2022 in the media

Tiverton Gazette featured Sonic Fireworks on their front page.
Featured in our local press on Front Page.

Watch our Winning Display

Here is our winning display, we fired on Night 2 Display 2.


Rewatch the live stream from Night 1 – Wednesday 17th August 2022


Rewatch the live stream from Night 2 – Thursday 18th August 2022


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