Simon Cansick is a professional pyrotechnician with Hi-5 Fireworks, and one of the company's most experienced senior firers. He is also the company's chemistry expert and his passion lies in the manufacturing of fireworks as much as the displays themselves.
In his spare time he likes nothing more than designing, building and testing his own fireworks, and his latest project is the much fabled chrysanthemum of mystery effect.
Simon has been involved in fireworks for over 9 years and has fired hundreds of safe and spectacular shows, from wedding firework displays to major corporate events and festival firework finales.
Simon is a director of Hi-5 Fireworks; importing the professional quality fireworks from China which are used extensively in Hi-5 displays. Simon also holds the BPA Level 2 qualification, which is currently the highest level qualification available in the UK firework display industry.
Simon says all Hi-5 Displays are his favourites, but when we pushed him for his top three he mentioned the bonfire night events in Rutland 2011, the recent fireworks display in Market Harborough and the Cannes and Malta competitions.
" I wish we did more shows in Yorkshire, particularly in Malton which is where I live. Dave always gets home at a reasonable hour and I get home when it's starting to get light. Either that or I'd love some further afield displays so that we both get home late ;-) I really look forward to firing large shows, particularly to family audiences. Seeing the look of wonder on a child's face is just priceless and makes it all worth while. Fortunately, we're lucky enough to work with the Lions so we do a few family shows. I just love them. "