Red Apple's Guide to Parachute Fireworks

It’s raining paratroopers, hallelujah! When it comes to family fun, parachute fireworks—aka delightful flare fireworks that rain down mini paratroopers and accessories—take the cake. Perfect for both daytime and nighttime enjoyment, these park and picnic-ready fireworks are safe and easy to use when the proper guidelines are followed. Ready to stage the ultimate paratrooper invasion? See how to do it safely now!

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What are Parachute Fireworks

Fun for all ages, parachute fireworks are easy-to-use pyrotechnics that launch into the sky with a flare, deploying mini paratroopers, parachutes, and accessories (and fun colors and effects!) to spectators below.

What Do I Need to Use Parachute Fireworks Safely?

Before lighting your parachute fireworks, you’ll need to have a few key items on hand:

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Extender lighter
  • Flashlight (if your display is at night)
  • Hose or water supply
  • Bricks

Additionally, your parachute fireworks should stay in their original packaging until you’re ready to use them (that way you can quickly reference their instructions if needed).

Where Should I Light Parachute Fireworks?

As with other fireworks, you'll want to launch your parachute fireworks in a clear, open space like a field. Your audience should be at least 150 feet away from your fireworks' launch and landing zones (and far from any flammable materials!). Keep an eye on the wind to get an idea of where your parachutes will land. Like most fireworks, parachutes travel with the wind.

How Do I Set Up Parachute Fireworks?

Once you've chosen your location, you'll want a hard, flat, and level surface for launching your parachute fireworks. This surface could be easily portable, like sturdy plywood, or a more fixed option, like a concrete slab. Sparks and hot gases from your fireworks may damage the surface upon launch, so keep that in mind when choosing what to use.

After placing your parachute firework on the level surface, you should stabilize the tube using bricks or another durable, heavy material.

How Do I Use Parachute Fireworks?

Keep your firework's fuse covered until you’re ready to light. Always wear gloves and safety glasses when lighting fireworks—remember, you're dealing with explosives!

If it's nighttime, make sure you have a flashlight or another light source so you can see the fuse. You may want to find a buddy who can free up your hand and hold the light for you.

After removing the fuse cover, use an extended lighter to light the firework's fuse. Immediately after lighting the fuse, you should move at least 20 feet away from the tube and maintain a safe distance while the parachute launches.

While lighting your parachute fireworks, you should never put any part of your body over the parachute. Additionally, you should only light one firework at a time to ensure they launch and come down safely.

What If My Parachute Firework Fails to Light?

While it may be tempting to relight a parachute firework that failed to launch, you should never attempt to do so. To safely dispose of misfired or dud fireworks, soak them thoroughly with water, wait 20 minutes, and dispose of them properly.

How Can I Dispose of Parachute Fireworks Safely?

Track the trajectory of your parachutes so you can ensure they come down cold and don’t start a fire. Wear gloves while picking up parachutes as they land. Although children may want to pick up fallen parachutes, it is unsafe for them to do so as they may be dangerously hot.

As with other fireworks, you should submerge used and misfired parachute fireworks in water so they can soak through. Most parachute fireworks are small and may take as little as 15 minutes to achieve full saturation.

Once thoroughly soaked, fireworks should be double-wrapped in plastic wrap or bags to ensure they stay wet. At this point, they are safe to throw away in your regular garbage.

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