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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Hey builders, 
We will be arranging a group buy to deliver to Texas at PyroFest. So if you need chems, bring your want list.

Hey builders,
We will be arranging a group buy to deliver to Texas at PyroFest. So if you need chems, bring your want list.
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All the Official Classes at PAT Spring PyroFest in Caddo Mills, Tx. Thanks for all the support from our members putting on these classes.

All the Official Classes at PAT Spring PyroFest in Caddo Mills, Tx. Thanks for all the support from our members putting on these classes. ... See MoreSee Less

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When will you be having another pyro fest?

Jeremy and USG will be leading the Fuel Mines Class at Spring PyroFest.

Jeremy and USG will be leading the Fuel Mines Class at Spring PyroFest. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jeremy Jandreau I found a picture, now your stuck teaching the class. LOL

I can help with this one if needed, can bring mines etc (including "Big Jim 12"/10 gallon)

I want to go so bad

I hope Fall PYROFEST is as good this year’s Spring PYROFEST, hoping to bring my son along this Fall. Unfortunately I can’t make the Spring PYROFEST.

Spring PyroFest 2021

The event is just around the corner. If your coming, please mark as coming so we can plan for you!

Spring PyroFest 2021Apr 23, 10:00amNelson's FireworksWelcome to Pyrotechnic Artist of Texas Spring PyroFest 2021!

Due to the COVID 19 situation we will be a Members and Member's Family event.

Friday will have Open Shooting, Manufacturing, and Classes.
Saturday will have Open Shooting, Manufacturing, Classes, and the Large Display at Dark. Open shooting will reopen after the display.
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After large demand, Ken Purcell will be leading the Fuse Lighting Class.

After large demand, Ken Purcell will be leading the Fuse Lighting Class. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ken Purcell it is official now.

If anyone wants to bring some Lady Bugs we will plan to make several chains of them for our amusement! Several hundred are quite impressive for a Class C item.

Nick Sainz will be teaching the hand pound rockets class. This time with his fingers not getting smashed. :P

Nick Sainz will be teaching the hand pound rockets class. This time with his fingers not getting smashed. 😛 ... See MoreSee Less

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It's not like you were smashing them but everyone loved making rockets!

That’s a perfect caption for the photo 😂

Harley Johnson will be teaching 1lb Hydraulic Pressed BP Rockets at Spring PyroFest.

Harley Johnson will be teaching 1lb Hydraulic Pressed BP Rockets at Spring PyroFest. ... See MoreSee Less

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I want one of those press's so bad. Maybe after the forth of July from working 3 shows back to back to back I'll be close enough to get one.

More Classes At Spring PyroFest. JJ is going to teach the process and firing of Cremora Mines. This is a very cool Fire Ball effect.

More Classes At Spring PyroFest. JJ is going to teach the process and firing of Cremora Mines. This is a very cool Fire Ball effect. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow! Can’t wait!

Pallet of Creamer...please

Awesome!

I wonder how successful this class will be? Should we warn Costco to pull the pallets of creamer down???

Be sure you've got lots of Dawn liquid. They can get really greasy!

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Group Buy Cut off is in 2 Days. Get those orders in.
Link to Group Buy: https://talk.fireants.org/t/2021-spring-group-buy-delivering-to-spring-pyrofest/427

Group Buy Cut off is in 2 Days. Get those orders in.
Link to Group Buy: talk.fireants.org/t/2021-spring-group-buy-delivering-to-spring-pyrofest/427
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Do you have to be a member to be able to make a purchase?

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Do we need to reserve? Or is it first come first served

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Keep Up the excitement for PYROFEST on 4-23 to 4-25. Grant J Cox just posted his Gerbs video. Watch to the END!
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Ah thanks for posting! This was basically just intended to be a slightly more fun way to test out some ideas.. Not everything worked as planned, but it served as a pretty good learning experience. Glad you enjoyed it! Speaking of learning, if anyone has tips for a good waterfall effect, I'm all ears... The build process for this project gave me a personal vendetta against fairy fountains..

Big thanks to John White for helping Nick Hill build a memorial shell with his Dad’s ashes for the memorial display at PyroFest.

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Got my press proof of the lanyards. Get excited for PyroFest!!!

Got my press proof of the lanyards. Get excited for PyroFest!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Spring Group Buy Link:
https://talk.fireants.org/t/2021-spring-group-buy-delivering-to-spring-pyrofest/427

Spring Group Buy Link:
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Working on prep for PyroFest!!!

Working on prep for PyroFest!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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See you there, gonna be a blast! buahahaha oldest joke is the biz still makes me chuckle.

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The real on supply, from Winco:
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Lanyard Design for PyroFest. What do you all think of them?Image attachment

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Flashy!

Can’t wait to get one!

I like em

Very nice I like it

Can’t wait till Jajaira gives me one!!

Great

Nice

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It looks like many of our Pyros have survived SNOVID-21. If I haven't talked to you yet, hope all is well!!! ... See MoreSee Less

PAT members can you help the Hills make our Intro Display a bit NICER???

PAT members can you help the Hills make our Intro Display a bit NICER???Lets make the Spring Opening Display a little nicer. Can you help by bringing some extra product to PyroFest for Nick??? ... See MoreSee Less

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More good news Nick Hill, just got off the phone with the Roth family. They are wanting to bring a 10" Purple to White Glitter with rising effects for your opener. I'll text you the info so you can plan for this!

The 4-12 grebs/ fountains. I’m thinking A front wall kind of thing like a fan of lgold or silver. Nick Sainz this could be class kind of thing if you want/can build them on Friday or something. I have never built gerbs myself. I think Grant is playing around with grebs.

Nick Hill make sure to write in the comments anything in particular that would make this display that little bit better! Also, the SALUTES are on Ross Dusenbury, Harley Johnson, and ME. We will get those together for you. Give me a call and we can talk size.

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Yes, yes, yes, PATs Texas Team led by Lead Shooter - James Howard got selected to compete in the Pro-Am at Sky Wars!

Yes, yes, yes, PAT's Texas Team led by Lead Shooter - James Howard got selected to compete in the Pro-Am at Sky Wars!𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗸𝘆 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗣𝗿𝗼-𝗔𝗺 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀

This year was our toughest selection process yet based upon the applicant’s sheer talent plus the heightened level of interest in our show. But we did it…and wow oh wow are you gonna love this lineup!

And now (drum roll please), we at MOpyro proudly introduce the Sky Wars 2021 Pro-Am Competitors:

- Alfredo “AJ” Plata from Sandwich, IL.
- Scott Schuh from Neenah, WI
- James Howard from San Antonio, TX

A little background: Pro-Am shows (the 1.4g competition) are six to eight minute long pyromusicals where these experts are judged on concept, synchronization, soundtrack, technical design and execution. The show must be created with consumer fireworks - most of which you could buy at your local fireworks stand. The proud winner gets $$$, a way cool trophy, an invite for our 2023 Champion of Champions show and, of course, bragging rights!

We are now in our second round of ticket sales…and way more than halfway sold out for our 9.25.2021 show. That means hurry up and get yours today at skywarsevent.com.

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That should be fun

I’ll be there to help!! 😊

More Updates for Spring PyroFest. Nick and Rachael Hill will be leading the opening display. The display will be dedicated to Nick's Dad Bill. Knowing Nick this will be a fun display and I've heard there will be some REAL BOOMERS to enjoy! The Display will be mostly 1.4 with some 1.3 spice sprinkled in.

Comment below if you would like to help with planning the display. This is a great chance to get hands on with a firing system.
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Nick Hill, please accept my sincere condolences on your family's loss. On a better note, we'd like to donate a large shell for the occasion, if you can fit it in.

The display is primarily going to be gold willows,brocade and nishiki. The display is going to be awesome as it is, but there is room for the club to add to the display if anyone would like to. 4-12 ground EFXs (thinking like grebs or fountains) 2-4 big shells (6”- 12”) Right now the biggest shell is a 6” shell Maybe even 21 ground salutes. (Thinking like 21 gun salute)

Members have asked if we will be teaching rockets at Spring PyroFest and the answer is YES! Nick will be leading the class again. For the parents attending, this is an easy skill to learn and Nick can set you up to press a few rockets with your kids. These are always a SMILE maker! If yuo have any question please ask in the comments. ... See MoreSee Less

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If we don't have a show I'll bring my tooling.

Where is it located?

Spring PyroFest 2021

Spring PyroFest is set for April 23-25 2021 at Nelson's Fireworks in Caddo Mills, TX. Make sure click through and tell us if your planning to come. This is a Pyro John approved event! 🙂

Spring PyroFest 2021Apr 23, 10:00amNelson's FireworksWelcome to Pyrotechnic Artist of Texas Spring PyroFest 2021!

Due to the COVID 19 situation we will be a Members and Member's Family event.

Friday will have Open Shooting, Manufacturing, and Classes.
Saturday will have Open Shooting, Manufacturing, Classes, and the Large Display at Dark. Open shooting will reopen after the display.
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Spring PyroFest 2021

Spring PyroFest 2021Apr 23, 10:00amNelson's FireworksWelcome to Pyrotechnic Artist of Texas Spring PyroFest 2021!

Due to the COVID 19 situation we will be a Members and Member's Family event.

Friday will have Open Shooting, Manufacturing, and Classes.
Saturday will have Open Shooting, Manufacturing, Classes, and the Large Display at Dark. Open shooting will reopen after the display.
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Favorite option for disposing of 800,000 bottle rockets so far, do the 2016 rocket boxes 100x larger! Video showing the effect for everyone to imagine.
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I need your advice,
Do we help dispose 20 pallets of stick rockets? If so what could we make with them?
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Im with making wheels or what in Mexico is called a castillo aka castles. Its basically a shaped of what ever u want with wheels, crackers n whistles.

Make some multi stage rockets

So many ice cream pail (carboard sonotube is a bit more Earth-friendly) girandolas!

I would go for mass launch. It’s the only logical thing to do. If enough rockets maybe break a Guinness record or something... but has to be a lot lol more than 80,000.

I will help.

I'd say take them and light em up at events.

Wheels?

THAT'S SOOOOOOO AWESOME !!

What ended up being the outcome of this decision. Did we decide to receive these. never saw an update.

Disposal is something that a lot of people can learn. I'm terms of cool things I've always wanted to experiment with tube launched rocket cakes

How many rockets come to a case?

Drivers for wheels and other moving effects, you could make some successive line rockets with them.

Can always make bigger rockets from them. I belive the ones u guys are talking about are more like the 8/12oz rockets like glitter or bees ones that come 72 in a cs.

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First win of 2021, Star Rolling Drums for PAT Manufacturing!!!

Thanks Jimmy Hartnett for the generous donation of the Ace Pyro Star Drums. Now to remove the shipping rings and get these mounted to the star roller frames we got with the Tumbler.

First win of 2021, Star Rolling Drums for PAT Manufacturing!!!

Thanks Jimmy Hartnett for the generous donation of the Ace Pyro Star Drums. Now to remove the shipping rings and get these mounted to the star roller frames we got with the Tumbler.
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Thanks Jimmy H.!

big pimpin now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rolling stars is something iv been wanting to learn!

Happy New Year PAT People!

Some pic.'s from our NYE display last night, oof the rain was rough. Shoutout to Dallas & Grant for rockin a short setup time. Thank you both!
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When your customer is as big of a pyro as the company putting on the display. Weather forecast: Constant Rain Customer: We are still on? Company: Yep, we can drop and fire with as little as an hour gap in the rain. Customer: Lets do it, even if no one is there.

Merry Christmas PAT People!!!

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Merry Christmas!!🎄

The Audit is Done and we had an incredibly successful year!
Link to full report below.
https://talk.fireants.org/t/pat-history-and-financial-report-12-1-2020/401

The Audit is Done and we had an incredibly successful year!
Link to full report below.
talk.fireants.org/t/pat-history-and-financial-report-12-1-2020/401
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Nov. 28, 2020 - The (LFA) Liuyang Fireworks Association and members of the Liuyang fireworks industry drafted a report to the State Council of China describing the issues stopping shipping of fireworks. The State Council met and directed Beijing General Customs to coordinate between Hunan Customs and Shanghai Port in order to reach the goal of smooth export procedures. With the support of the State Council & Beijing General Customs, it is expected that a solution will be reached soon.
dominatorfireworks.com/Global_Fireworks_Crisis.html

Topic: Confusion over importance of Tube Diameter in Fireworks Hazard Rating
Sept 24th, 2020 By: Dominator Fireworks
dominatorfireworks.com/Global_Fireworks_Crisis-White_Paper.docxPyro

From a Dominator Facebook Post - Nov. 28, 2020
Shipping Crisis - Recently some well meaning but incorrect information is being posted on Facebook. We will try to get the details correct and explain how this will impact your fireworks production & shipping worldwide. In Spring 2020 the private group Shanghai Fwks Transport Assoc (SFTAT) decided to test all fireworks over 1.2 inches as "High Risk". This is a private association of logistics companies, it is not the China government and it is not the fireworks factories or wholesalers.
RiGour(RTS) is a private testing company they hired to enforce the rule. If you don't pay for the RTS testing sticker, then the private Shanghai Logistics Association will not agree to allow your shipment to pass through the Shanghai port. Currently, Shanghai is the only major Chinese port allowing fireworks. Therefore, if SFTAT decides not to allow shipping then effectively almost all fireworks shipping stops.
On Oct. 28th, 2020 SFTAT sent a letter to all fireworks exporters stating that due to the Shanghai Expo Nov. 5-10, shipping will be stopped until further notice. Shipping has not resumed yet.
The issue is how SFTAT & RTS are using the words "High Risk". First off, they are using their own private authority, this is not any form of government rule or regulation. Second, focusing only on tube diameter they are incorrect in assessing risk correctly.
Conclusion: 1.) "High Risk" is a "made up term" and has no validity from any government regulation. 2.) Using tube diameter to assess risk is incorrect. 3.) USA fwks are NOT "High Risk". 4.) RTS is a private company, not government group.
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What a pain. Looks like an endless issue of left hand not talking to the right hand. To make matters worse, the government put a private non government middle man between the two government bodies further adding complexity and confusion.

Pyro Nativity Scene.

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I want one!!

It is Beautiful!!

Thanks Nemo Boss and Ken Purcell for doing this! It is crucial to our organization and a job that often goes unseen and without thanks. Thank you!

Thanks Nemo Boss and Ken Purcell for doing this! It is crucial to our organization and a job that often goes unseen and without thanks. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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I personally can't thank these two enough. JJ has been not only a leader of our group, but also one of the first volunteer no matter what is asked. Ken brought me to this club and instilled in me a purpose to step up and help run the organization. Thanks you two for setting a great example and being so generous with your time and efforts. I really can't say it enough.

Holy cow that was hard. But, there isn’t much 4 guys and a come along can’t do. Thanks Harley Johnson, Ken Purcell, Ross Dusenbury, and Nick Sainz. Also, thanks Ray Clark for loaning the trailer.

Holy cow that was hard. But, there isn’t much 4 guys and a come along can’t do. Thanks Harley Johnson, Ken Purcell, Ross Dusenbury, and Nick Sainz. Also, thanks Ray Clark for loaning the trailer. ... See MoreSee Less

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How tall do you have to be and how long is this ride?

Pat purchase picked up. On to the containers.

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Oh my goodness! I’m so excited!!!!!🎆🧨

Holy ball mill in the background 😳

Star bucket

Harley Johnson and Nick Sainz went to work Saturday cleaning up one of the containers for the new PAT purchases. Wow the difference from 7 hours work.Image attachment

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Are you doing another bulk buy soon?

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Can you use stainless steel balls?

To those following this, we have some great updates! Initially, we were looking into Lead or Stainless Steel media for the tumbler. This proved an impossibility as the tumbler would require 600lbs of Stainless or 870lbs of Lead. These added up to more than $5000 in media if purchased new and would make each drums too heavy for most to manage. With the help of Fireworking.com, Ned Gorski, Lloyd Sponenburgh, Caleb Kessinger, @john d moore, and Edward Hostetter, we switched to High Aluminum Ceramic media as our leading option. This meant we needed more like 255lbs of media. Which brought our possible costs way down to the $500 range. Plus, the weight savings make handing the drums of the tumbler much easier! We also found out that Eddie deals in this media as part of work and could help us in the acquisition and delivery of the media! Big thanks to our Nationwide Fireworks Family. Even if you never make it out to a PAT event, your generosity of knowledge and effort is recognized and appreciated by PAT and it's membership!

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Nice, a bigger version of mine...

The new pat tumbler. We need media for it now.

Booyaa, fill her full of lead!

You know youve got something special when the Club President spends the most of an afternoon teaching kids how to build rockets safely.  I gave Nick sunscreen in later on, he was sun burnt, but the kids had a Blast.  Thanks Nick!

You know you've got something special when the Club President spends the most of an afternoon teaching kids how to build rockets safely. I gave Nick sunscreen in later on, he was sun burnt, but the kids had a Blast. Thanks Nick! ... See MoreSee Less

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We were teaching with the 8 oz super bp rocket tooling from Woody's. Worked amazingly well, even the smallest kids were able to hand pound successful rockets!!! Thanks for the help Caleb, I have another order for tube supports. That way I won’t get hit in the hand as much next time.

Junior Pyros learning the skills. #Superstars 
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Junior Pyros learning the skills. #Superstars
#Shells #Rockets
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Tonight, Demo of Fireworks Factory Direct, a new multi-brand wholesaler!Image attachment

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Good product, they demoed product at Sky Wars.

How do I get tickets for the workshops on saturday?

How can I get hold one them sample boxes. And i am a retailer

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Best spot for pyro

Where is Stacy field

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I'll be there Thursday around 1 with even more fuel mines 🙂

See y’all tomorrow!

I’ll be there mid afternoon on Friday!!! Excited!!! Who needs help?

Bring a mix of of clothing to Pyrofest, weather will be from 50 degrees at night to highs in the high 70s, & Sunny!  And yes were keeping an eye on the wind, looks gusty right now.  We had a 50 degree temperature shift a couple years ago on Chalk Mountain, please just be prepared. (and were still scared Nick might post another hot tub video...)

Bring a mix of of clothing to Pyrofest, weather will be from 50 degrees at night to high's in the high 70's, & Sunny! And yes we're keeping an eye on the wind, looks gusty right now. We had a 50 degree temperature shift a couple years ago on Chalk Mountain, please just be prepared. (and we're still scared Nick might post another hot tub video...) ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to everyone helping with PyroFest! Shout out to Woody's for rushing the rocket tooling!!! Excited seeing the brand new members signing up at Fireants.org for membership and event fee. ... See MoreSee Less

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Woot! Can't wait to see videos!

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Thanks Ray Williams for taking the time to explain the different processes for star cores. Just so everyone know, we were using the method of dampening the stars with water cut with alcohol and then applying the dry star comp. This is to try and get the Rice Starch to soften and because the star comp doesn't take water well. The other method that Ray really like is the TORO method. In that case you mix your star comp with water, making a slurry. You apply that to the stars as they roll and then pack on dry on top of the slurry. This is much faster for building up the stars, because you are combining two step. But, not all comps take well to this method. So you have to learn when and where to use these methods.

Sky Wars just started tonight at 7:30pm.  8000 General Admission, 500 VIP, 500 Pyros.  Perfect weather.   Final IPC show has 3600 cues.  Rock on -> MO Pyro!Image attachmentImage attachment

Sky Wars just started tonight at 7:30pm. 8000 General Admission, 500 VIP, 500 Pyro's. Perfect weather. Final IPC show has 3600 cues. Rock on -> MO Pyro! ... See MoreSee Less

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And no masks

Congrats MO Pyro, cannot wait to see some videos and pics!

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Group buy for Fall PyroFest is Live, order cut off is October 8th. More info in link, talk.fireants.org/t/2020-fall-pyrofest-group-buy/390

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Nick Sainz you’re awesome! I was totally kidding but thank you for that. 😁 can’t wait to come hang out and have a blast (pun totally intended).

Thank you Nick for all you do

Fall PyroFest is a GO!!!
Members and family of members only!
Membership and event fees purchased at www.fireants.org
More info on the event page on Facebook.
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I would like to try to make the drive and make it to this event. Is the membership per calendar year or 1 year from purchase?

So Nick Hill is lead and Rick Boss is designing the display show. Oh we are doomed! WAIT wrong people! Nemo Boss isn't the lead and George isn't designing a 30ft tower. OK, We are safe 🙂

Dude! Where’s my shout out!? JK! You know if Nick is “leading” it’s really me behind the wheel instead of holding the clipboard!😜 We are soooo excited to head up this display! Gonna be so fun!!! 🎇💥

Rocket Rodeo!

Let me know Nick Sainz membership current or past due?

Id love to help out! Put me to work!

The public is sad 😢

Can i come

I'm willing to help I'm needing to get sign offs this will be my first year at this event

😔 shooting small wedding show on the 17th. Can't wait to see all the videos and pics you guys and gals be safe and have fun.

Me and another guy can possibly help if our schedule allows. We need to get another sign off. Excited for the event!

Sweet my 50th is on Saturday 17th

Is the main display on Saturday and Sunday is cleanup as usual?

Mmm, "Is this heaven? No it's Stasey Field", 1100 acres on Chalk Mountain, up to 16" shells(and I'm bringing a 16" shell), TDI Permits - sign-off's available, Open Shooting(really Open), Gas Mines, Creamora's, Builder classes & materials ready to go, 1.3G Club Display, oh, and BBQ Brisket Bonanza for Saturday night dinner smoked by our our host.

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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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