After watching the video clip (below) I came up with the idea of making a firework modeled on the real one...only edible! You can see our ingredients above, they are all gum lollies which had appropriate names and sherbert straws which I used as a fuse. I think this would also be awesome done with fruit and nuts. Imagine edible gunpowder grapes, berry blasts and cashew comets being served up for breakfast or dessert! Yummmy!
These photos show our 3rd layer and peanut filler material. The sherbert fuse has been threaded though the cardboard shock absorber. The video explains how the cardboard helps control the time between explosions in each layer.
Below: Threading the fuse. This started at the first layer and had a secondary fuse attached at the top.
The first fuse lights the secondary fuse which runs down the outside of the firework and ignites the lifting charge. Without the lifting charge this would not be an Ariel firework as there would be no force to lift it.
(Note the anti-static gloves,not needed for this but it made us feel like real pyro-technicians!)
This video shows how this is done with the real ingredients.