Daytime fireworks colored smoke salute cakes!

color smoke salutes

Okay we have a fireworks post today but it’s not just any regular fireworks post. These are daytime fireworks e.g. fireworks you let off at daylight coz you *wouldn’t* be able to see them at night.

Whaaaaaaat? Really?

daytime fireworks cake

Yup!

color smoke salute effect

It’s actually called smoke salutes with a comet tail effect but these are airborne shells arranged in a barrage cake that contains bombettes filled with colored smoke that bursts in the air, creating a colorful cloud. This is the first time I’ve seen it available in a commercial format like this.

smoke salutes cake

I bought this cake of 49 shot colored smoke salutes for RM 200. I was specifically told to let it off in the morning. I found that it’s best to use these daylight fireworks when there’s no wind to make the smoke linger longer.

This colored smoke aerial cake produces a wonderful display of pink, green, blue, yellow, purple, smoke (black) and red. Pink is the most vivid color, followed by purple.

colored smoke salutes

I was surprised that the 1.2” mortars in the cake can produce such an impressive show. It’s quite long too so the shells shoots up quite high.

smoke salutes

Unfortunately, I had set my video mode to Shutter Priority so the sun completely washed out the smoke salute display. :x

daylight fireworks

It’s actually a very nice show and I’ll definitely be getting more of these next year. I’ll remember to film it better next time. The colored smoke lingers around in the air for a while and the vivid colors from the aerial smoke salutes makes for a novel daytime fireworks cake. :)

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22 thoughts on “Daytime fireworks colored smoke salute cakes!

    • Okay! :)

      I like the daytime fireworks – the cake is actually pretty good, comet tail effect and starbursts (or smoke bursts to be exact).

      It’s on Shutter Priority (should have set to Aperture Priority), I just realized my mistake when the first smoke salutes went up – I could see the bright colored smoke in real life right above me but it’s not appearing on the LCD screen.

      I couldn’t stop the fireworks cake from going off so I moved around and only the vivid colors showed up. :x

      No worries, I’ll get more next year! :D

    • It’ll be impossible to see anything at all at night. :)

      The smoke tails (got the term from Maurice, it’s not comet tails, was still thinking of night fireworks – my bad) and smoke cloud from the salute + break will be invisible at night. It’s colored smoke so the night sky will not be able to provide a backdrop for it.

      It’s meant to be let off in the morning – it’s a very beautiful daytime fireworks cake, my mistake was using Shutter Priority so the sun washed out the colors.

      In real life using your eyes, it’s actually a very cool colored smoke salute display.

      It’s just colored smoke though without the flash powder + metal composition to create “traditional fireworks” so if this is let off at night, you’ll only see small flashes and not the colors from the smoke.

      Cheers buddy! :D

    • This fireworks cake is supposed to be played in the morning. :)

      You can’t see it at night.

      It’s colored smoke salutes – a “new” type of daytime firework. There’s not enough light to see the smoke trails at night. :D

  1. Wow! RM200 to shoot up the skies! I would be able to donate some to charity, feast at Tony Romas and buy another Key Ng shirt. Heh heh…just kidding friend. I can see your passion in this sparkling hobby. I do enjoy watching fire works very much. Previously I lived in my high floor condo where my bed overlooks all the fireworks around KLCC from far. I loved it. I find it colourful, creative and uplifts my mood happily. So you must be at your happiest during CNY every year.

    This daytime fireworks is a very new thing to me! I am curious to watch them too. Will you shoot them up in KL?

    • Haha! Yeah, it’s one of my passions in life! :)

      This isn’t my most expensive fireworks cake – I’ve got a huge one, but that’s a traditional cake meant for night displays.

      This is interesting coz it’s daytime fireworks – smoke salutes meant to be let off in the morning so you can see the colors.

      Yup, it makes me feel good too! I love fireworks.

      I definitely can’t bring any to KL, it’s banned so whatever I have left over, I just leave them for the next year since Sibu is very relaxed with regards to fireworks. :D

  2. Thanks for pointing out to me about the error in my email in my earlier comments. I was so blurr that day. I even accidentally pressed wrong key in my tiny phone screen that deleted your email. Sorry yeah that I didn’t manage to reply.

    • Yup, it actually looks really cool! :)

      Too bad the shutter priority mode washed out all the colors. It’s nice in real life – all the different colored smoke salutes in daylight.

      It’s actually quite easy to make colored smoke salutes (not much difference from regular fireworks) and this uses flash powder to launch and break the shells too.

      I wonder why it didn’t become commercially available sooner.

    • Yup, new ones this year in Sibu. :)

      I loved them too – I was going through it frame by frame (3 of the photos are from the video) and I noticed the way it launches with a regular flash powder mix and breaks in the air.

      Colored smoke for daytime fireworks! I loved that, didn’t know why it wasn’t available sooner.

      Cheers Charmaine! :D

    • Yeah, I think it was popularized a couple of years back in Dubai when a Chinese artist known for his fireworks did a show.

      It didn’t become commercially available until much later though although from reading the chemical composition, it’s not that different from regular fireworks (uses a different mixture but the flash powder launch and format – mortars – is the same).

      Cheers buddy! :)

    • Yeah, but worth it to see the new daylight fireworks. :)

      I like how it uses colored smoke – now you can let off fireworks in the morning as well as night.

      The colored smoke won’t be visible at night coz it doesn’t have a light source by itself (like how the metals and burning flash powder would for “regular fireworks”).

      I thought it’s pretty cool too!

    • Yeah, too bad I accidentally set it on shutter priority. :x

      I couldn’t stop the fireworks cake so I had to let it run.

      It’s colored smoke salutes, which doesn’t emit light by itself so you need daylight to be able to see the colored smoke tails and colored smoke bursts.

      It’s pretty cool! :D

    • I adore fireworks and firecrackers! It appeals to the inner pyromaniac in me. :)

      Hmm…fireworks tester. I’ll rather be a fireworks maker, some of the fireworks cakes are works of art, with straight and angled tubes with multiple effects. I think I can put my artistic touch to that too but making a fireworks cake at home is hard.

      I have seen how they make 3″ aerial shells though and will source and attempt to make them next year.

      Happy CNY Eve! :D

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