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Bengal Matches

These where akin to Sparklers but they where classified as matches not fireworks, because they where self-igniting and could not be stored with fireworks for this reason. Bengal matches looked like normal matches, but where slightly larger, stronger and chunkier. The match head was much larger than a normal one and when ignited it burnt bright (like a Storm Match) green or red (caused by the strontium or barium contained) for about 15 seconds, before turning into a normal flame.

Bengal matches came in a pack of around 10 and retailed for the same price as a small pack of sparklers. You could buy Bengal Matches in the 70s and early-80s in newsagents but then, for some reason, perhaps health and safety, they disappeared from the shelves and where never seen again.


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Bengal Matches Last post by Aidan
08 February 2007

Do You Remember Bengal Matches?

Do You Remember Bengal Matches?

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    These were in all the newsagents around Bonfire Night during the 1960/70s in The Blck Country where I grew up. Available in green or red, about 10 in a box. They burnt for 3-4 seconds and were struck on the box striker which was of a 'safety' type. We always knew them as 'Blue-lights' (though they did not burn blue!). What where they originally used for? Well, in his 'Wreck of the Golden Mary' Charles Dickens describes the use of 'Blue-lights' on deck aboard a stricken sailing vessel on the darkest of nights at sea. So it is possible they were an old fashioned emergency intense light source. Me and my mates loved 'em!
  • Anonymous user
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    I think of these every year and how I used to love them as a child. Don’t know if they can be bought any more as I have not seen them for years!
  • Anonymous user
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    Loved these when I was a kid. Could be found in Ireland up to mid '90s or even a little later i'm not sure, maybe like many things they weren't technically supposed to be sold.
  • Anonymous user
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    1952 in South Wales (Abercarn) our sweetshop had them, a magic memory
  • Anonymous user
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    remember getting thrown out of club for lighting these ;)