The National Fireworks Association play host to thousands of firework buyers, sellers, manufacturers and enthusiasts from across the states (well, apart from the 15 states that have banned fireworks that is!) all gathered for the annual convention.
The gathering gives the manufacturers the opportunity to showcase the new products for 2013/14 season and each night they conclude proceedings with demonstrations. We should add that these are not displays in the usual sense as each piece is fired separately to enable viewers the chance to rate each item and decide whether they think it might appear in their displays in the forthcoming year. Several countries will have the chance to show their wares alongside the last American manufacturers.
Earlier on the same evening, the National Fireworks Association will hold a special safety demonstration using just consumer fireworks to show just how dangerous the most humble of small fireworks can be in the wrong hands.
Below is a promotional video for the National Fireworks Association produced by the PassFire team.
PA. Pyrotechnic Artists will hold a display that is set to be a little different from the norm this year as a specialist group attempt a new world record. The pyro specialist company will be setting off 1800 fireworks during the finale (called salutes) which has never been recorded. Salute fireworks are specifically designed to give a very loud explosion sound like gunfire.
Shells of various sizes will be used varying from 4” to 16” shells. Pyrotechnic Artists is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 to teach those with a passion for pyro how to use fireworks safely and legally. The idea of the 1800 shell salute comes in their 20the anniversary year.
With around 200 members from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Ohio, around 50 members meet every month to keep appraised of new items.
The event will take place over 2 nights with the record attempt on Saturday 26th May and an open show for pyro artists from throughout the area to display their craft on Sunday 27th May. Both events are free to the general public.
Planning for the event is almost complete with some last minute adjustments and as far as the record is concerned, this will be submitted to Guinness world records and one of the team will be recording the noise levels with a decibel meter.
A spokesman for the group confirmed that the event is fully insured and every safety precaution will be taken on both the evenings of the 26th and 27th May 2012.
The same group will be attempting a further record on August 18th in Johnstown for the highest number of Gold Willows fired in a show.