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2020-05-21

Brock's Fireworks

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Brock's Fireworks Ltd. is a manufacturer of fireworks, founded in London and subsequently based in Hemel Hempstead, Dumfriesshire and Norfolk.

Brock's was founded in 1698 in Islington by John Brock, and is the oldest British firework manufacturer. In 1825 the factory was located in a residential area in Baker's Row (now Vallance Road), Whitechapel, London: it was destroyed when a boy who was ramming gunpowder into a firework accidentally created a spark which ignited it, and threw it aside as he ran out in fright. Fifty pounds of gunpowder and a large amount of saltpetre exploded immediately, blowing the roof off, setting fire to the building, and smashing every pane of glass in most of the adjoining streets.

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Brock's Fireworks Ltd. is a manufacturer of fireworks, founded in London and subsequently based in Hemel Hempstead, Dumfriesshire and Norfolk.

Brock's was founded in 1698 in Islington by John Brock, and is the oldest British firework manufacturer. In 1825 the factory was located in a residential area in Baker's Row (now Vallance Road), Whitechapel, London: it was destroyed when a boy who was ramming gunpowder into a firework accidentally created a spark which ignited it, and threw it aside as he ran out in fright. Fifty pounds of gunpowder and a large amount of saltpetre exploded immediately, blowing the roof off, setting fire to the building, and smashing every pane of glass in most of the adjoining streets.

Brock's Fireworks was bought by Standard Fireworks in 1987, and Standard Fireworks were bought by Black Cat Fireworks ( a Li & Fung Co.) in 1998.

Brock's Fireworks Limited, a completely new company and nothing whatsoever to do with the centuries old firework family enterprise after which it was named, was set up in 2012 and is owned by its UK directors. This new company has started to sell fireworks, hoping the public will think it is in some way connected to its famous namesake.

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