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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2017, Article ID 7214975, 11 pages
Research Article

Impact of Pyrotechnics over the Architectonic Heritage

1Universidad de Alicante, Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig, s/n, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
2Signal Theory, Telematics and Communications Department (TSTC), Universidad de Granada, C/Periodista Daniel Saucedo Aranda, s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain
3Integrated Management Coastal Research Institute, Universitat Politècnica de València, C/Paranimf, No. 1, Grao de Gandia, 46730 Gandia, Spain
4Centre for Physics Technologies, Universitat Politècnica de València, Av. de Los Naranjos, s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Jaime Lloret; se.vpu.mocd@terollj

Received 31 May 2017; Accepted 24 July 2017; Published 29 August 2017

Academic Editor: Taesun You

Copyright © 2017 Angel T. Lloret et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The use of pyrotechnics near to the historical heritage such as walls, facades, church, or fortifications of a city is nowadays a topic of discussion. There is not a clear legislation about the use of pyrotechnics near to these buildings and how they can be affected by the expansive wave generated by the use of harquebusiers, fireworks, and cannons during the simulation of a battle. For this reason, this paper presents some practical tests that measure the vibroacoustic effect when these types of pyrotechnics are used near to the architectonical heritage. In order to collect these data, we have used several sound level meters and accelerometers placed on two different scenarios. The first one was placed near to the beach and the other one was placed in a building of a narrow alley. The tests were carried out during the festival of Moors and Christians of Villajoyosa (Spain) which is a famous festival. Along these tests, we reproduce the worse cases that may affect the building, using harquebusiers shots, fireworks, and cannons shots. Results show that the house placed near to the beach does not suffer important vibroacoustic impacts. However, the old building placed in the alley is very affected.