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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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!!!!!🎆🧨

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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

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. ... See MoreSee Less

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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
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Tonight, Demo of Fireworks Factory Direct, a new multi-brand wholesaler!Image attachment

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Jealous! I won’t make it until tomorrow

Good product, they demoed product at Sky Wars.

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

How do I get tickets for the workshops on saturday?

Should be awesome!

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Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas (PAT)

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Where is Stacy field

Best spot for pyro

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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!

Working on strobe star cores with Ray Williams for Tiger Willow stars for some hand built shells! ... See MoreSee Less

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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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TDIndustries we can work together and take on the WORLD RECORD Fireball!!! Your Help making the Guns, Our help on the Fuel and Pyro!!! Lets make this happen.

This looks like a good way to spend a weekend

I’m going to be there in Missouri to hear, see, and feel it!!! Can’t wait! Not sure I’m going to be able to sleep tonight...

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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

Shout out Rachael Hill
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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

I live in mesquite. Can I camp out there?

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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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)
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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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Thanks for sharing.

Where are y’all at?

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Bring a helmet to our next PAT Event...
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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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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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That dog is a freaking beast!!!!! It may be a hell hound

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

Brave dog!

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

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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!

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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"

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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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1st Place simulation prize winners. ... 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
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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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Thank you!

Freaking awesome!¡!!!

Our PAT photographer on the scene in Plano. Cool shots Jackie. ... See MoreSee Less

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

USG Pyrotechnics kept the show going on our street after the city cancelled our show www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cwchs8vdBE

Aledo just a good ol back yard show

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Go Ross! Faster, faster!

Is this for the Grapevine show?

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

Russell Walker