Liuyang: Where The World’s Fireworks Are Born(1)

- Dec 14, 2018-

Thank Mr Li and Mr.Terry T Winkle for your recommendation,this article by Jesse Veverka,issued on CNN website on 3 July,2012, is a great introduction on Chinese fireworks especial to Liuyang fireworks.Here I translated it into Chinese and introduce it to reader.It consists of three parts for my limited spare time.Original writer has copyright.

Welcome to Boomtown. An inside look at the Chinese city that puts the bang in your Fourth of July
By Jesse Veverka 3 July, 2012


A worker fuses launch tubes for “cakes.” No, not those cakes — this type goes “BOOM!”

It’s 9 a.m. as my bus pulls into the station and I am greeted by what sounds like a bedsheet being ripped apart a millimeter from my ear.Startled, I jerk upright to see a group of Hunan locals setting off a giant roll of firecrackers right by the coach for no obvious reason. Or maybe it’s just because they can.
I’ve just arrived in Liuyang, Hunan Province, the world’s capital of fireworks.
This Chinese city is the single biggest producer of fireworks on the planet, providing around 60 percent of China’s annual US$600 million of pyrotechnic exports.

Made in China, sold across the planet. A roll of standard firecrackers

.Liuyang lights up birthdays, weddings and independence-day celebrations in more than 100 countries across the globe. Odds are those bottle rockets stashed in your closet were made here. With more than a thousand factories, shops that cater to every tangential need of the industry and little kids running around throwing firecrackers like super balls, it’s hard to contain my excitement.

Terry Winkle examines a tube rolling machine in need of adjustment.

I have come to meet pyrotechnics-agent-to-the-stars Terry Winkle of Liuyang Flying Dragon Fireworks. Winkle’s firm manufactures and supplies fireworks for some of the world’s best-known brands and if he can’t make it for you, he knows someone who can. As we head to one of his factories we pass several impromptu pre-lunch displays along the side of the river. It seems that in Liuyang anytime is a good time to light a few off.

The candy man can
The factory is the pyrotechnic equivalent of Willy Wonka’s. Building after building is full of workers doing everything from making casings and packing clay plugs, to mixing chemicals and loading shells.I begin to feel overwhelmed as my repressed boyhood fascination with fireworks is rekindled.

A worker drops powdered clay into launch tubes before ramming it in place with a hydraulic press.