Did you know that the Acol fireworks display is organised and provided by the manufacturer of the firing units used by Kimbolton Fireworks for the VJ Day 50th anniversary in 1995? This entailed producing 12 electronic control consoles to ignite 20 tons of fireworks, in various sequences, on several barges on a two-mile stretch of the River Thames.
These same units were also used for the huge display in Hong Kong when it was handed back to the Chinese. The British display was excellent whereas the Chinese could not set off their fireworks in the monsoon!
Other firing consoles have been manufactured and sold all over the world for many of the massive public fireworks displays. The Tallahassee Police Department uses them to simulate explosions in officer training!