EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT
FIREWORKS DISPLAYS
(But Didn’t Know to Ask)

Everyone knows how wonderful a fireworks display can be to watch, but few people are aware of all the little details that go into preparing the show. We have compiled below some of the most commonly asked questions and provided basic answers to help you in planning for your special event. For more detailed information, you can always try our Display Services section for information on Outdoor Aerial displays, Close Proximity displays, Indoor and Special Effects displays, or more Technical Information. Also, our Glossary can provide you with definitions for the terminology we use in the industry. Can't find the answer to your Question? Contact us and we'll be happy to help.



DO I NEED A LICENSE OR PERMIT?
As the client, you do not require either. As a professional fireworks display company we have both state and federal licenses, which allow us to conduct fireworks displays. Our company will apply for and procure all necessary federal, state, and county permits and authorizations to conduct each individual display. The permit fees are all included in the display cost except when special arrangements over and above standard practices are required to obtain permit approvals. These special arrangements may include additional fire personnel or security as deemed necessary by the ruling authority due the location of the firing site, the number of people, the venue itself, or other special circumstances.
Back to Questions

WHAT ARE THE LOGISTICS I SHOULD PLAN FOR AN OUTDOOR DISPLAY?
Our company safety coordinator will work with you to determine the most suiitable firing site for your desired display after conducting a preliminary site inspection. The most important factor in determining this location is to allow for an adequate distance between spectators and the actual discharge site. Other aspects of the show include obtaining permission from the owner of the land from which the show is fired (which may be the State, County or a private individual owner). Please note this process usually takes around 30 days to complete, so please plan ahead.
Back to Questions

WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?
Insurance coverage for outdoor aerial and indoor stage pyrotechnic events is required by State and local officials in the amount of one million dollars. Our company will provide coverage for each display in the required amount. A certificate of insurance will be provided through our insurance agency, listing you, our client, as additional insured under our policy for each specific event. If a higher limit of coverage is required it can be obtained. There is an additional fee involved for higher limits of coverage up to 5,000,000.00. The fee incurred will be based on a percentage of the total display cost.
Back to Questions

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
We take every precaution to protect the display from adverse weather. Plastic and tarps are used to protect mortars and pyrotechnics from rainy conditions. We can honestly say we have had very few shows cancelled due to rain. In the event the display must be cancelled, our cancellation policies and terms are clearly stated on the back of every display proposal contract.
Back to Questions

WHAT ELSE COULD CAUSE THE SHOW TO BE CANCELED?
Our Pyrotechnician is the ultimate authority in deciding whether or not a show can be fired. The decision to cancel or stop a show is not made lightly and will only be made in the event there is no alternative and/or in the case of a public safety issue or prohibition by the authority having jurisdiction (usually the fire marshal). Although very rare the following is a list of unforeseen circumstances which could cause the cancellation of a display: The first is strong wind. Winds blowing in the direction of the spectators could possibly carry burning debris over into the crowd and/or into the vicinity of buildings etc. In this event, sometimes a display is cancelled or the firing is postponed until the wind slows or changes direction. Another reason for display cancellation or the stopping of a display during firing is the breach of the fallout safety zone and secured perimeter. The safety of the public during the production of a display must be our pyrotechnicians primary concern. If the firing site and/or safety zone is breached he/she will stop firing until that situation is rectified. In the case of an indoor show, the Pyrotechnician may not fire or may delay firing any and all effects if people or scenery have wandered into the firing range.
Back to Questions

WHAT KIND OF AREA IS REQUIRED TO HAVE A FIREWORKS DISPLAY?
For Standard Aerial Fireworks, the primary criteria for a site is adequate separation from the discharge, or launch area to the spectators. This area, known as the fallout zone, must also be relatively free from other hazards such as flammable materials or occupied buildings. The size of this area is determined by the size of the fireworks used and is normally a circle with a radius between 200 to 500 feet. The area must also be able to be secured from any public access while firing the display. If an area does not have an adequate fallout zone, a special type of pyrotechnics known as close proximity effects may be able to be utilized.
Back to Questions

CAN I HAVE INDOOR FIREWORKS?
Sure you can! But we refer to them as stage pyrotechnics. We can reproduce indoors much of what you see outdoors, up close and personal for you. These effects were designed for indoor use specifically, and are widely accepted due to their design, safety and reliability. Indoor pyrotechnics can really add that element of surprise, excitement and motivation, by adding a bit of sparkle to your next meeting, party or convention. Displays can also be choreographed to music.
Back to Questions

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT STAGING INDOOR EFFECTS?
Several aspects must be taken into immediate consideration right after you decide what you want to accomplish, and what your motivation is for doing the display. The first is the size of the room: is there adequate ceiling height, ventilation, and distance from the effect to the audience? Are the drapes and set pieces flame proofed? Will the smoke overpower or block the audience’s vision for the balance of the show? Naturally, we will answer these questions for you when we see the room during our site survey. Most effects require a minimum safety distance of 15 feet from effect to audience.
Back to Questions

WHAT ARE CLOSE PROXIMITY EFFECTS?
Close Proximity fireworks refers to a type of pyrotechnics that can be utilized within a relatively close range of spectators. They are designed to project only to a limited height, typically 75-200 feet. These type of effects, when utilized in a properly designed display, can have as much impact as the much larger standard aerial fireworks since they are safe to place much closer to the audience. A subcategory of these effects is manufactured to a very high quality standard and produces virtually no fallout or debris. These types are safe to use within approximately 50 feet of spectators. This type of pyrotechnics is typically used in stadiums, outdoor concert venues, and theme parks.
Back to Questions

WHAT IS A LOGO BURN?
A logo burn or set piece is a custom designed image "in fire." We take a company logo, slogan, or picture and re-create it on a wooden framework using small flares known as lances (see pictures). Lances are available in a variety of colors. The set piece is typically positioned several feet off the ground and burns for approximately one minute. Virtually any design is possible, although overly complex images may require the set piece to be extremely large.
Back to Questions

FIREWORKS AND MUSIC...
Music accompanying a fireworks show greatly enhances the viewing experience, especially when carefully chosen to coordinate with the overall theme of the event. The king of all pyrotechnic productions is the Choreographed Display, where each element of the show is precisely synchronized to the musical score. Our design team can work with you to tailor all of the various components to your event theme to create a truly breathtaking multimedia experience.
Back to Questions

Countdown to July 4, 2014!

Upcoming Shows

Random Image

Flash Slideshow