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.