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Types of Fireworks

We’ve gotten down to the nitty-gritty of fireworks, including the color chemistry that makes up the different displays in the sky. But, how about learning more about the different types of fireworks?

As we inch our way closer to the 4th of July, it’s time to learn all there is about fireworks so you can be sure to get the best assortment for your holiday celebration. This blog will break down the different types of fireworks for you. Be sure to let us know if we missed any in the comments!


A Barrage firework creates its own unique effect as it is a pre-packed, ready Cake containing a mixture of fireworks. These fireworks create a brilliant display in one small package, which makes it no surprise that these are some of the most popular firework products on the market.

These fireworks contain a mix of fireworks, often including Roman Candles and Mines. So, if you’re looking to create your own firework display, you can purchase multiple Barrages and simply ignite one at a time for an extravaganza of pre-prepared fireworks.


If you’re looking for a wholly customized mini firework display in one package, look no further than cakes. These fireworks consist of groups of fireworks set off in succession. They generally consist of Roman Candles, Rockets, or some combination of both.

The fireworks ignite automatically, either at once or in a predetermined order, using an internal fuse system. As a result, cakes can last for a wide variety of time lengths ranging from several seconds to minutes at a time, with some containing over a thousand tubes.

Finale cakes are often used in professional displays. These cakes typically weigh over 100 pounds before firing and contain batches of shells.

Catherine Wheel

According to legend, St. Catherine was to be martyred upon a spinning wheel. Today, the Catherine Wheel firework was named for its spinning effect. Catherine Wheels are great to watch on their own or set up in different arrangements.

Noise effects associated with Catherine Wheels include whistles and crackles, which are emitted as the coil spins.


A Fountain firework is an excellent choice for those looking for experiencing the stunning visual aspect without the surprising and often loud sound effects, including whistles and bangs.

Once lit, Fountains release showers of sparks, with the sizing of the container determining how long it will last and the overall size of the shower. At Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we offer Fountains that can last for several seconds up to minutes, depending on what you’re looking for.


While short-lived, the effect of a Mine firework is undoubtedly spectacular and dramatic. The Mine shoots colored stars into the sky with various flashes and bangs and is shot from a mortar shell at ground level. Also known as 'pot á feu,' Mines have noise levels that can exceed 120 decibels, making them the loudest of all fireworks.


The rocket style is probably the most common firework that comes to mind. The Rocket can climb to incredible heights when launched into the air, with some reaching 100 to 200 feet in the air before exploding. The report is the name given to the loud bang emitted from this explosion.

Roman Candle

Shooting out stars periodically after ignition, Roman Candles are typically filled with individual balls and made up of a cardboard outer casing. Roman Candles can be used individually and as part of a Cake, similar to rockets.

Several different effects are available for Roman Candles, including sound effects such as hummers and crackles. These fireworks can also expel stars in just a single color or various colors.


Sparklers emit a constant stream of sparks when lit and consist of a small, handheld metal stick. When lit, sparklers emit sparkles that change colors. The more modern variety of a sparkler may be constructed from paper tubing with a wooden stick handle attached. Learn more about what makes a sparkler sparkle from our blog.

Check Out Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks at Appalachia Jamboree!

On May 21, 2022, Alley on Main in Paintsville, KY, is hosting its first-ever Appalachia Jamboree. Appalachia Jamboree is THE Spring Fling after-party that you won't want to miss!

And, what’s a party without a fireworks display? At the Appalachia Jamboree, you can come to catch all of the best and brightest colors thanks to the Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks production. You don’t want to miss this Eastern Kentucky Spring Fling highlight and the best start to the summer!

Join Us at Alley on Main for Our First Demo Day!

Join us at Alley on Main in downtown Paintsville on June 4th for our first annual Demo Day! We will be showcasing some of the jaw-dropping fireworks that we have in stock for this season. Admission is free and there will be food and drinks available for purchase. Come join us for some fun and fireworks!

Let’s Spark Something!

With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s time to start getting ready for your very own fireworks show. Thankfully, at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.

Whether you’re looking for a private show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.

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