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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby 99er » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:04 am

So how come you guys do it by hand and not use a system like Fireone?
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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby wrs28330 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:27 am

99er wrote:So how come you guys do it by hand and not use a system like Fireone?


The client was the show it be intimate and "organic". The audience viewing area is about 500ft. away from the launch area, so one of the draws for the audience is getting to see one of the last hand-lit shows in CA.


Moose wrote:Kind of like what happened in San Diego this year?

Premature finale issues ;) happen more often than you would think. Throughout the U.S. it happens on average at one or two shows a year. It just so happens that the SD show is a HUGE show and it wasn't in a small town, so tons of cameras were recording.

There are many different reasons for finales to go off early. For hand-lit shows, that is why we have to wrap the entire finale in foil to prevent it from going off in the middle of the show. Sometimes there is a "computer glitch" like what they claimed happened in SD. On barge shows like SD, because of the proximity of the fireworks, if a firework's lift charge doesn't work, and the shell detonates in the gun, the stars will shoot everywhere on the barge and possibly ignite the other fireworks around it causing a chain reaction on that barge. But of course, each mistake is a bit different.

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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby 99er » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:43 am

Ahh...that makes sense. I have only watched one hand-lit show from the launch area and it was interesting to say the least. So 500 feet is not far away at all, what was the largest shell you were using?
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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby wrs28330 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:09 pm

We only use 4", 3", and 2.5" salutes for this show. Because it is on a beach and there are 2-story cabanas not far from the shoreline, we are only able to go as big as 4" due to the fallout area.

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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby Jew » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:11 pm

Very cool report! I'm jealous...I want to blow stuff up!
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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby 99er » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:30 pm

^^Good stuff! Always fun to hear about other Pyro Techs and the work they do. Keep up the good work. :)
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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby imawesome1124 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:37 pm

wrs28330 wrote:We only use 4", 3", and 2.5" salutes for this show. Because it is on a beach and there are 2-story cabanas not far from the shoreline, we are only able to go as big as 4" due to the fallout area.

How big can they actually get?

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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby wrs28330 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:32 pm

imawesome1124 wrote:How big can they actually get?


48" - but they are very impractical.

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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby 99er » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:46 pm

One of my favorite videos is of this 16" shell that didn't explode until it fell back to earth. Always a fun video to watch!

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Re: Blowing S#!& up!

Postby Jew » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:45 pm

William--Did you do this the past year as well? Blowing up stuff is always awesome!
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