Dimock's Pyro Page
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One of my main interests is Pyrotechnics. I am licensed as an
explosives manufacturer and user by both the
New York State Department of Labor.
I am a member of the
Pyrotechnics Guild International,
the Finger Lakes Pyrotechnic Association, the
and I shoot shows professionally for
of Rochester, New York. I also try to get to the
Absolutely the most important consideration for anyone who loves
pyro is safety. It is my fervent wish that all pyro lovers in the
world will live their lives to their normal span, and with all of
their body parts intact. Assuring this means paying a great deal of
attention to safety! If you are planning to get involved with pyro at
a hands-on level, make sure you know what you are doing. There are
far too many news stories of young (and older) people getting hurt
while working with energetic substances. Please read up thoroughly on
safety before attempting to make any pyrotechnic substances yourself,
and make sure that you are operating within your local laws.
One of my favorite pyro devices is the
and I will be devoting some time to creating a section of this web
site dedicated to them.
I try to keep this list of pyro links reasonably comprehensive,
with a few exceptions. I do not list links to archives of all of the
unbelievable (and dangerous) garbage such as the Jolly Roger
Cookbook, The Big Book Of Mischief, etc.. These documents are filled
with erroneous and extremely dangerous information. Trying to follow
their instructions can leave you seriously hurt or dead!!
- Legal & Safety Pages
- Pictures of Pyro
- Pyro Writings
- People, Clubs & Associations
- Pyro Conventions and Displays
- Fireworks Vendors
- Other Stuff
Federal Regulatory Agencies Directly Effecting Pyrotechnics:
Foreign, State and Local Legal Information
- Canada has an organization called the
Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory which does very useful research
in the area of display pyro.
- Alaska Statutes, Title 18, Chapter
72, contains the Alaska fireworks laws.
California State Fire works Laws are on line.
- Indiana Code, Title 22, Article 11, Chapter
14, contains the Indiana fireworks laws.
- Here's the Minnesota Statutes
relating to fireworks.
fireworks manufacturing laws are in Title 34, Chapter 5, Subchapter C. Other
fireworks laws are in Title 35, sections 1151-1235, but those do not appear
to be on-line. Title
37, Chapter 711 has the laws on Registration for Fireworks Displays.
- The Revised Code of Washington, Title 70, Chapter
77, contains the Washington State Fireworks laws.
- A legal
case study discussing the immunity from liability of municipalities for
accidents during fireworks shows.
- Pyrotechnics as a hobby has some serious legal pitfalls. But
it is possible in many states to get legal. The
Getting Legal web site contains
information on the process of getting legal at the Federal level
and at the state level in New York State.
Fireworks Safety Tips
Some Pyro Pictures and Movies:
- Artbeats sell broadcast quality video clips. Their two new collections are
1 and ReelExplosions 1.
- Pyro-Constellation Feuerwerk
is a german site with lots of large scale fireworks pictures.
Communications, a photography studio in Canada, has some very spectacular
pyro photos in his portfolio.
Fireworks has a site with lots of avi and mpeg movies of their fireworks.
Photo Album by an anonymous pyro.
- Some of my own pictures from the 1995
and 1996 PGI Conventions.
- In it's quest to have the biggest phallic symbol in the world, Las Vegas
built the Stratosphere Tower. Of course the grand opening had fireworks!
- A very nice picture of a
red to silver streamer shell.
- Nine3 (whoever
they are) has a site with some fireworks pictures.
- Here's an interesting picture of David Hall, a performer
whose performances involve pyrotechnics strapped to his body! He sent me one
picture entitled Perseus.
- If you want REALLY BIG scale fireworks, check out this picture of the Fireworks
- Alan Simmons sells fire
videos. They're aimed at firefighters, but some were shot on the 4th and
have fireworks in them.
Information on photographing
Computer generated pyrotechnics:
- If your browser is JAVA enabled, take a look at this
- Xaos Tools product called Pandemonium is an image processing product for
Unix with specific support for drawing
A little pyro history:
Personal pyro pages:
- Larry Crump has
a pyro page with some info and quite a few pictures.
has a pyro site in Italian. 4
has a pyro site with some very interesting info on nozzleless black powder rockets.
has a pyro page in German featuring many video clips.
Glenn (aka PyroBoy) is a pyro performance artist.
Greene has a page with lots of how-to information.
- Nick Gunn has
a page he did for a project ( Infromative and well laid out).
Mancy has a page that has some all around info.
Mcmalley has a pyro page featuring some very nice looking tools.
- G. Millar
has a page with a fair amount of pyro info from Australia.
Nakka has an experimental rocketry site which will be very interesting to
has a pyro page.
- Feuerwerk.eu is a little, german fireworks
- See the General Sources section for info on
where Tom Perigrin's Pyro Webbook - probably the best single source of high-quality
pyro information on the web - has gone.
- Dirk Ender's
Kalender covers mostly German events.
- Petri Pikho's
home page is pretty amazing!
Visser's pyro page is available in both English and Dutch.
- Pyrotechnics is a dutch pyro-page with lots of technical details.
Club home pages:
Association home pages:
Pyro Research Organization home pages:
Conventions and Symposia:
Show & Competition home pages:
- SkyLighter, my favorite
pyro supplier, has a great web site! The entire catalog is on-line (including
new items not listed in the current printed catalog), and Harry accepts E-mail
orders from established customers.
Bickford, is the well-known French manufacturer of ignition products.
make plastic pipe plugs that are very useful for protecting mortars before a
show - especially on multi-day setups.
Insurance offers insurance to the pyro trade in the UK.
Rocketry has an interesting offer.
- Elephant Brand
Black Powder home page.
sells systems to control static electricity and the related contamintaion.
- FireFox Enterprises
is a major supplier of pyro and rocketry supplies.
Enterprises, developed StickMatch, which makes lancework reasonable.
- Goex Black
Powder home page. One of our most important vendors!
Croton, is an industrial chemical supplier, and has a lot of information
on pyro chemicals on their web site.
Tech manufactures the very well regarded PyroPak line of precision pyrotechnic
manufactures an electronic shell fuse which allows very precise timing.
Wood Specialties manufactures wooden plugs for fireworks mortars.
is one of the largest manufacturers of electric matches for the fireworks industry.
Gamón is a plastics manufacturer in Spain that has a fascinating
collection of plastic items for the pyrotechnic manufacturer..
- Precision Weighing Balances
has an amazing selection of balances at excellent prices.
- Precocious Pyrotechnics
is a top rate supplier from Minnesota - the president is a PGII Grand Master!.
Magic is a supplier of firing systems in California..
sell excellent firing systems.
Safety Co, operated by Tom Perigrin, sells firing panels and low power FM
transmitters, with more products on the drawing board.
Tech, is a British supplier of pyro equipment and shows.
supplies many chemicals needed for pyrotechnics.
- Pyrotek is also the
name of a special effects supplier in Canada!
Productions sells fake fireworks for use where the real thing can't.
Wire, supplies that ubiquitous yellow wiring we use by the mile for electrically
Stiles, may be just the place for those 4,000 plugs you need for your new
- The Supply Cache
sells safety gear that can be used when shooting fireworks.
- Theatre Effects has
quite an extensive line of special effects products.
Woodward makes what appear to be some very good fire control panels in Great
- Auspyro A new and trusted supplier of pyro related chemicals and things for Australians, stocking potassium nitrate, aluminium powder, charcoal and others.
Fireworks Vendors (Displays and Class B):
- Alonzo Fireworks
Display is a display operator in upstate New York.
Fireworks is also the name of a company in Hudson, Ohio. If you're more
comfortable reading Spanish, try Latin
American Fireworks, which is the same company with a latino twist.
Pyrotechnics is a very well known Canadian display operator.
is a display operator in Quebec.
- Atlas Enterprises operates
out of Fort Worth, Texas.
Drachen & Feuerwerk in Germany features shows that combine kites and fireworks!
- Bay Fireworks
has a page with lots of graphics - be patient!
Artifices is a large French display operator.
- Broekhoff is a Dutch
is a manufacturer, display operator and fireworks retailer in Argentina.
caters to the entertainment industry.
Fireworks Inc. is a major display operator in the Pacific Northwest.
Fireworks is a British display operator.
Anton Schwab is a German display operator.
is a world class Canadian display operator.
- Fireworks F/X handles
a complete line of consumer and professional fireworks in Nova Scotia.
is a display operator in Wisconsin.
International Fireworks is one of the larger and better known Australian
Fireworks Factory is a fireworks manufacturer in Sweden.
F is a French display operator (site in French only).
- Fireworks By Grucci is one
of the best, if not the best display operator.
Fireworks supply both family and display fireworks in Canada.
Pyrotechnics is a display operator in Great Britain.
Visions does large scale pyromusical and laser shows.
Feuerwerk is a German display company.
Fireworks is the famous fireworks company founded by Rev. Ron Lancaster..
- Lantis Fireworks
& Lasers is a display company that also does laser effects.
- Legion Fireworks
is a display vendor in eastern New York
is a French display operator.
- Masters of Fire is
a display provider in Germany.
- Melrose Pyrotechnics
is a dislay company from USA.
Pyrotechnik is a German pyrotechnic manufacturer.
is a major Italian display operator.
Pyro is a German display operator and retailer of garden fireworks.
Feuerwerk Laser is a German display operator.
is a German display and special effects operator.
Spectaculars is a major display operator, doing world class shows.
- Pyro Tech
supplies shows and shooting systems to the British market.
may be a fairly new company, but the Vitale family has been a force in american
fireworks for many generations.
Artifices is a display operator in France.
Famous Fireworks puts on some of the most beautiful shows I've ever seen.
- Sandling Fireworks
sells firework packs and operator fired displays in the UK.
- Shellscape sells
many things in the UK, as they say, "From complete event managment to safe and
sane fireworks packs".
is a fireworks company in both halves of the former Czechoslovakia.
Match Industries in India manufacture fireworks "well known for its 100%
safe explosion and princely performance". They also manufacture potassium chlorate
Fireworks is a fireworks manufacturer in China.
Fireworks is a British display operator.
Whysall Fireworks is a Canadian manufacturer, display operator, and retail
- Young Explosives
is a display company in upstate New York that has the excellent judgement to
employ me as a shooter!.
- Zambelli Fireworks
is a great international display company out of Pennsylvania.
- Zenith Pyrotechnology
is a special effects company.
is a fireworks company in Germany.
- Spectacular Fireworks provide professionally managed firework displays in the UK, as well stocking a huge range of DIY fireworks kits.
Fireworks Vendors (Class C):
- A&W Sales Co.
sales class C out of Muncy, Pennsylvania.
Discount Fireworks - isn't that where the Roadrunner got his materials for
harassing Wiley E. Coyote?.
Bang Canada is a Canadian fireworks retailer.
- Black Cat Fireworks
are one of the best known of all trademarks in the Class C arena.
- Bem Fireworks Sells Class
C in Quebec, Canada.
Fireworks Co. Ltd. sell fireworks in the North of England.
Displays sell Class C in Southgate, Michigan.
sells consumer fireworks in Denmark.
- Hands Fireworks
sell class C and display fireworks in Ontario, Canada.
Discount Fireworks is in the great state of Alaska, where the nights can
be very short, or very long!
- Kellners Fireworks
Fireworks sells consumer fireworks in Thunder Bay, Canada.
Vision sells consumer fireworks in Germany.
Olsen sells class C in Appleton, Wisconsin around the 4th of July.
- Niles Fireworks
sells class C in Russell, Pennsylvania.
Fireworks is one of the few Class C fireworks manufacturers left in the
- Phantom Fireworks
is one well known vendors of class C.
- Ray-Vin sells minature
- Feuerwerk Shop
is a German class C firework shop.
- Shelton Fireworks
sell class C in Missouri & Indiana.
- Epic Fireworks UK
The UK's biggest firework store including a fireworks blog with news, facts, history, firework videos (youtube), tricks etc.
Pages that are clearly pyro related but unclassifiable:
And here are a couple of interesting, if rather
Pages that are hostile to fireworks:
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This page last updated Feb 13, 2012 by Jonathan: Feuerwerk.