Welcome to The Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas!

The purpose of the Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas, otherwise known as PAT, shall be to promote and encourage safe, legal and artful pyrotechnic design, construction, operation and enjoyment in Texas through training, demonstration and exchange of information.

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Sept. 12th update for USA Consumer Cakes Issue.

1. Roughly 35 Chinese Suppliers (Dominator is one of them) have formed the “Export Fireworks Science and Technology Research Group”. Yesterday the group launched an on-line funding drive and raised close to $100,000 USD in just over 5 hours from Chinese suppliers. Additional funding has been provided by large USA importers as well. The funding will be used to pay for lobbying efforts as well as a resolution of the “subjective testing issue”. The group has requested a delay for the 2020-21 season, but so far this request has been denied.

2. The APA sent an unpdate e-mail to its members on Sep. 10th. APA is spearheading an effort for top USA PHMSA officials to engage the US Embassy, their UN counterparts, and their Chinese counterparts. The message is that APA’s 87-1 should be accepted as equal to the UN Standards, because it is equivalent in safety to the UN Standards. Also, PHMSA officials have stated their desire to work with the APA on developing short-term interim measures to aid the industry if importers need to import consumer devices as 1.3G.

3. The NFA is also contacting the US State Department via its Washington contacts with a similar message.

Dominator recommends that USA importers do not agree to accept any wire cages yet. By refusing to accept wire cages, we will send a clear economic message that this is an important issue for USA.

Attached is a photo of about 1400 cases of Dominator 2 inch 10 shot cakes that are on-hold until we can resolve this issue. This photo illustrates how urgent it is that a fast resolution be made. Thank you to everyone who is working hard on this issue.
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It’s a hot SOB today even in the shade. Hope you’re staying hydrated buddy!!

Setting the second display now.

Did you shoot off of the roof?

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Letter Shooting Video
(of course Rex just called us and he wants "PAT" at the next PAT Event)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DEhHGkrg3M&fbclid=IwAR1YOMSMDugqvXr-aX5z72haDQ-csIT_jVgsPiP-QfGa7xk12xc9...
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We can make these, Nemo Boss can you get some of the extra long comets?

Same technique as the RNC “TRUMP” fireworks. But on a bigger scale

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Western Winter Blast 30th Anniversary Amazing Cylinder Shells Beraq - Passfire Maximum Load Excerpt #1:
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𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀
If you’re looking for advice about gasoline fireballs, then go to our pyro world’s “Dear Abby” for guidance. You have questions? Bill has answers.

𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁
Memphis, Tennessee

𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹'𝘀 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱
Driving with his wife and kids to a Fourth of July family celebration in 2002, Bill saw a massive trailer emblazoned with “Pyrotechnics Productions” and a 1-800 number. That’s when Bill—who was overstressed from working two jobs—said a light bulb went off. He called to ask if they needed help (they did), so he joined the company at a dirt track racing event the very next weekend…and the weekend after that…and the weekend after that. The excitement “hit me like a nuclear bomb and I said ‘this is it.’”

Bill then became even more serious about pyrotechnics and reached out to High Tech Special Effects (www.hightechspecialeffects.com) that was literally located down the street in his very small town of Bartlett, Tenn. High Tech—which creates year-round indoor and outdoor fireworks events all over the country—hired Bill on a part-time basis. And the rest is…well, it is definitely history.

𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹'𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆
A self-described workaholic, Bill is both a full-time boiler plant operator at a Memphis hospital and remains a part-timer at High Tech. He’s as modest as it comes regarding his experience (17 years of building industrial-grade fireballs) and his know-how (he and his posse of Fireball Dudes hold the world record for their signature gasoline fireballs.)

Bill joins the Missouri Pyrotechnics Association at Pyromania (from the creators of Sky Wars) nearly every year to be a big part of the fantastic event. What started as the Fireball Dudes serving as a filler between the crafted pyromusicals has evolved into one of the most popular crowd pleasers in the evening’s lineup…even if Bill poo-poos the praise. Case in point: pyros travel from across the country to be a part of his crew and their world. Think of the Fireball Dudes as The Beatles of the rock world, the Babe Ruth of the baseball scene, and the Wolfgang Puck of all fine chefs. You get the point. Absolutely H-U-G-E!

𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹'𝘀 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄
According to Bill, everything they do is on a grand scale including bigger mortars (their largest mortars hold 33 gallons of gas) and more gas (most shoot one to five-gallon fireballs and maybe five or six at one time; Bill’s crew shoots 500 to 1,000+ gallons.) The Fireball Dudes (Bill emphasizes everything they do is a group effort and, if not for everyone’s hard work and dedication, the Dudes’ shows would be duds) are fireball favorites thanks to their well-known countdown-from-the-crowd and chilling voice overs describing what’s about to happen. This year they plan to shoot one of their famous Super Nukes, which is comprised of approximately 70 pounds of black powder, 250 pounds of powdered coffee creamer, and 550 gallons of gasoline. The resulting two separate explosions—first the creamer and next the gas—cost a total of $2,500 to $3,000. KaBOOM!

𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹'𝘀 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝘆𝗿𝗼𝘀
“Join the closest fireworks club you can. I belong to four in four different states since Memphis does not have one. Clubs help you become more creative than most firework businesses.”
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Headed home with the gold!!!
PGInstead 2020 most impressive failure during testing! That rack will never be the same.

Headed home with the gold!!!
PGInstead 2020 most impressive failure during testing! That rack will never be the same.
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Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas (PAT)

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Thanks for sharing.

Where are y’all at?

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Bring a helmet to our next PAT Event...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPny5bwDZoA
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Our test rocket rodeo, doing double tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

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Chris Schraeder

3lb Core burner putting up the boom! 🔥 🎇 👀😲 ... See MoreSee Less

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Chris Schraeder

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More hammer fest. ... See MoreSee Less

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I thought you guys would like these videos. I plan to attend two of these festivals eventually.

See the smoke coming out Kevin’s mouth when he exhales !!!!! 👍 awesome 👏

What is being hit?

Hmm

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Class C is open!!!

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Smells like VICTORY!

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The dog is Marley and loves fireworks. The hardest part is keeping ahold of him while lighting salutes.

That dog is a freaking beast!!!!! It may be a hell hound

Brave dog!

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Harley is working hard at rockets. Goal is 100 in a day. Already ⅓ done

Harley is working hard at rockets. Goal is 100 in a day. Already ⅓ done ... See MoreSee Less

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The best way I've found to crank them out is to buy an additional spindle/base or two, and supports to match. You'll use the same rammers for all of them, so no need for two full kits. Add an increment to all of them, and rotate them into the press with the same rammer, rinse and repeat. The efficiency really adds up. Having a buddy with a lathe helps with the cost of course. 😉

Would love to learn how to make rockets one day. But I am still working on this daytime color smoke shells haha

good goal work safe

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It is the best kind of cat litter!

Some flamethrower action. ... See MoreSee Less

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How much and where can it be bought?

A small titanium salute from PGInstead. ... See MoreSee Less

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Am very glad you are observing "Salute Distancing"

A little boom action. ... See MoreSee Less

Day 1 of PGInstead, Sawyer ND with Mum Pyro. Testing of rockets were successful, now in production mode.

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I’ll take a case!

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Passfire - Maximum Load - Trailer #1
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From the Real Pyromania, a cool video of a 8-location display. ... See MoreSee Less

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Many PAT members are very sad that the PGI Convention was canceled this year. Let's all plan on attending next year. Here's an example display from last year.

"Tim Jameson, this week's "Meet the Makers", shares a video from his show last year at the Pyrotechnics Guild International in Wyoming. Simply stunning!"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq7HeT6v7nE
#skywars
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Time to join MO Pyro and be behind the scenes! ... See MoreSee Less

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Well, I made a 4 color version. Looks awesome, but these will be so expensive to produce. Need to do water based printing so it doesn't feel like a sweaty shield and four screen charges and additional mark up for four color printing. $$$

Here is my idea for a one color design

Or put the fuse up top like this......

The possibilities!!! Glam Pyro!

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Thanks Harley for all the help with posts on Facebook. Youre keeping our community moving!!!

Thanks Harley for all the help with posts on Facebook. You're keeping our community moving!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Congrats to all the Home and Pro Pyros on their 4th of July displays!

Post pics and links here!!!
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USG Pyrotechnics kept the show going on our street after the city cancelled our show www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cwchs8vdBE

I'm getting out of my easy chair this year and wanting to learn everything I can from you guys..

Aledo just a good ol back yard show

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Go Ross! Faster, faster!

Is this for the Grapevine show?

Today’s Pyro activity adding tails to 6 and 8 inch shells. ... See MoreSee Less

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Of course he's in flip flops...lol

Russell Walker

Got a couple hundred toppers ready for building.

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Nice, at this point we are on track for an all lampare display! Got to figure out how to do different color lampares.

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Texas

OK, where is this goodness?????

So where is the show happening?! Lol

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My future back yard

Pretty new Racks

4s & 6s Nice!!

I so need this in my life

And I thought my dual 15 dr11 rack I just built was cool hahah

What show is that for?

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Few pallets of guns, no bigs.

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It was 16 double pallets in total.

I was gonna say “that’s too many!” But then I came to my senses and think you need about 2 more pallets. Must be the heat.

**insert evil grin here**

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Sign us up:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfulgA-B6Z0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2oxczx4-rTC0FVfFoloqGx7l1x9FkzVYu...
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Cleaning more toppers to make some booms.

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There is a much easier better way to make lamps

I'll never understand why people need to use the metal cans

You clean them out?

beer cans?

Do you have a video of these going off

Wish I was there

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In Zionsville, PA today, hope everyone is safe: www.facebook.com/6abcActionNews/videos/910913522665786/UzpfSTE3OTYzNTc2MjI3NzoxMDE1ODEwODYzMjU0Mj... ... See MoreSee Less

Memories from 2019 PyroFest in Stevenville. ... See MoreSee Less

Prepping for more fireballs in the sky!

Prepping for more fireballs in the sky! ... See MoreSee Less

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I just buy it and offer it up for people to drink it or pour it out for the cans.

Someone had to drink dog piss to make this work!😂

Would you guys ever consider making a quick tutorial? I'm all for making them the traditional way (made a few dozen during PGI's past), but this piqued my interest? 🙂

Sorry my diabetes prevents me from drinking crap beer but I will help you pour it out. 😉 Thanks for taking one for the team! EDIT: You are my hero!

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Just heard Cobra-con also postpone till next year

Pretty bummed I could make pyrofest but a builders thing here in houston would be awesome!

Wait did I hear Houston area?

Keep me posted

Blow some shit up around here.

Join MoPyro and attend their Pyromania on Sept. 25-26, 2020. Don't just buy a spectator ticket, join the club as a member and work on displays with them, membership is about $100. annually. From MoPyro: "We want to make sure you purchase tickets to the event you’re expecting. If you want to see some of the finest choreographers from across the US, the pyromusical competition, and the Fireball Dudes, you will want to purchase tickets to our September 26th event. We will have a different name, and be at a different Warren County location, but it will be the same amazing shows you’ve come to expect." And then, attend/join PAT for its Texas Event on Oct. 16-18, 2020.

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Sad to see it but 2020 PGI Convention has been postponed one year:

May 27, 2020 –The Red River Valley Fair Association (RRVFA) and Pyrotechnics Guild A picture containing clock Description automatically generatedInternational (PGI) and have decided to postpone the PGI Convention until 2021 for the safety of everyone involved in the PGI Convention due to the coronavirus pandemic and the guidelines that are in place for large events that have been set by the CDC and the North Dakota Department of Health. The PGI Convention and fireworks shows were scheduled for August 8-14, 2020. The 2021 PGI Convention will be August 7-13, 2021.

‘This is a difficult decision to make to postpone the upcoming PGI Convention at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds but the health and safety of everyone involved in the PGI Convention and who would attend the PGI Convention is our top priority,’ President Paul Smith said. ‘We are looking forward to greater days and we can’t wait to come back to West Fargo and the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.’

The 2021 PGI Convention will be August 7 – 13 with firework shows on Sunday, August 7th, Wednesday, August 11th and Friday, August 13th. Tickets that have been purchased for the 2020 PGI Convention will be honored for the 2021 PGI Convention or the tickets can be refunded.

‘We are looking forward to welcoming the PGI Convention back in 2021 to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. We look forward to this great event that many in our community enjoy taking part in. The 2021 PGI Convention will be one to remember for everyone involved,’ Red River Valley Fair Association General Manager Cody Cashman said.

Additional information for PGI members can be found on the PGI website (pgi.org) and continue to follow PGI on Facebook for the latest information.
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Creamora pot? Only guessed this because milk replacer was mentioned 😁

Y'all ain't gotta to home depo. I have 500 board ft of aromatic cedar, a planer, and dust collector

BP!!! For the good 💥!

Forgot to grab some milk replacer along with it 🔥

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What would be the Pyro version of an act like this? Think about a comedy routine where someone runs into the display with a torch and acts like they are going to light the display.
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Runs into display with the 'ole road flare on a stick method of lighting. Trips dramatically, flinging flare forward. Flare hits flammable trail what sets off a deisel/petrol mix effect. Gets up head darts around, starts, slowly walking back like they hope no one saw

Apparently y'all did not attend the show in Groesbeck where the whole field was on fire.

Seems like I member a pgi convention during a class c competition a guy filled a garbage can full of fireworks and just tossed a flare in it.

Most important PAT video!!!

Thanks for all the support!
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Most fun I have had in a looooong time. Getting the best value ever from my mud boots.

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Tre Couvillion

Ray made that beauty. Great job Sir.

What size of shell was that?! Super cool!

That was awesome!!

Good job, Ray Williams

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Rex in full PAT uniform, PAT Shirt, Shorts, and Rain Boots!

Man those beavers almost took out that tree

David Conrad Ted Lundy Smeade Junior I dont believe that was rain. Lol

Where can I find black cats like that?

Any fish?

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I so look for ward to joining the crew and being there in October. looking at the map of bluffdale is there going to be camping aloud with our RV

Outstanding!

Good glitter ftw!!! So pretty!

Awesome!

Was that one of Ray Williams’s shells? I can’t remember...

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Pyro Pizza Party!

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Hollywood style charge, comet add-ons, miller LITE, 12” shells, it’s beautiful here...trust me. ... See MoreSee Less

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Man, I'm missing out

Are y'all shooting tonight?

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When you see a Pyro smile as he walks into the rain, you follow ... 😉

Chris Wiley

David Conrad

Is Ken Purcell there?

Cobra reprogramming to 6.0.2rc1

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More pressing rockets & WASPing!

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More classes today, Saturday, inside and dry.  30-40 Big shells tonight, about 1/2 & 1/2 homemade & commercial(AM Pyro, F&F, Pirotechnica Adan).

More classes today, Saturday, inside and dry. 30-40 Big shells tonight, about 1/2 & 1/2 homemade & commercial(AM Pyro, F&F, Pirotechnica Adan). ... See MoreSee Less

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Omggg

Anita Vance Balogh

Man that sucks, but I'll take a day with clubbies in a storm over not having a shoot any day!

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Pat live stream running! Big stuff happening around 8:30

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