Salutes are specifically fired high into the air and explode giving a really loud boom heard over what can be a very wide area.
They can be used in a number of ways:
- As an invitation to the show which is going to begin. Firing a salute every five minutes, in the hour preceding the show is a good way to get the audience excited. It only takes a couple of these for the people to realise when they can expect the next one. Quite frequently salutes can be heard at such a distance it will excite people into coming to the show.
However I would not advise this if there are issues with noise expressed by the resident population.
- As a thrilling blast to start the show. Ten salutes or more even up to as many as 100 is a great way to start the show. It does mean the show needs to be a high key one. It would be a mistake to then use long meditative sequences of falls, firework signs or flares which would lose people's interest.
- As a marker for key points during the choreography, where two or three provide great punctuation.
- As a blast in the finale; again using as many as the budget will permit.
Salutes come in a wide range, starting at 25 millimetre which can be used in the minimum fireworks area of 100 metres in diameter, up to giant multi salutes 150 or 200 millimetre calibre which need large sites.