Comments about 36" Gold Sparklers:
hard to light....don't know why.....
Merchant Response: We always recommend a wind-resistant, torch-style lighter for best results. The next-best option is a long-stem grill lighter, but those don't burn quite as hot and the flame is harder to apply consistently to the tip of the sparkler.
That said, sparklers light almost immediately off other sparklers. If you need to light a large number at once, divide your guests into smaller groups where one person lights their sparkler with a lighter, then the others can touch their sparkler to the lit one. This should help your event go smoothly and stress-free!