Every year whenever fireworks go on sale in our respective corners of the globe, we’re warned that they’re dangerous. That they could potentially ignite and explode at any moment. Not to store them in large quantities in vehicles. To store them in metal or other non-flammable containers. But what happens if we don’t? Are manufacturers simply being paranoid? What happens if we put a whole stack of fireworks in the back of a van and they go off?
That’s what lovable lunatic Colin Furze wanted to answer after viewers confronted him over a previous YouTube video showing two vans packed full of fireworks. In his newest video, we get to see exactly what happens. With an array of GoPro and other action cameras spread around and inside the van, we get to see it from all angles. Amazingly, all of the action cameras survived.
So, it seems the warnings are not unwarranted. Ok, so maybe most of us aren’t going to be carrying this many fireworks around in our vehicles. We’re also not going to be setting light to them intentionally.
As was demonstrated in the video, though, the expected fuse times aren’t a reliable indicator as to how long you have to escape a vehicle in the event a box of fireworks catches light. When one goes, it can cause a chain reaction that sees everything else go up far more quickly.
With Bonfire Night coming up in the UK in just a couple of weeks, it’s a good reminder to transport your fireworks safely. It goes without saying, but don’t try this at home. Don’t be like Colin, despite the crazy nature of his videos, there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes into each of his videos to ensure safety.