Although many aspects of technical theatre can be dangerous sometimes, it’s worth remembering that pyrotechnics are dangerous all the time!
- Always check with the venue administrator that it’s safe for you to use pyrotechnics.
- Ensure that all scenery and costumes are effectively fireproofed.
- Follow the manufacturers recommendations for safe distances and heights. It’s imperative that there is plenty of room above the pyrotechnic device’s maximum height before the ceiling surface.
- Ensure that performers or the audience cannot get too close.
- Always ensure that the pyrotechnics operator has a clear view of the pyro device, AND the area around it at all times. Do not fire the pyrotechnic if anything or anyone is out of place.
- The pyrotechnic device must not be fired automatically by any system unless it’s in the hands of training, certified and properly insured professional pyrotechnicians.
- Never use any home-made pyrotechnic device.
- Use a cartridge-based pyro system when possible.
- Always carry out a ‘test firing’ of each type of pyro you plan to use in the show, with all cast and crew present, so that they can see the effect under controlled conditions.
- If in any doubt, seek advice from local fire authorities or the supplier of your pyrotechnic devices.
- Only use devices specifically made for indoor theatrical use.
- Ensure the floor is suitable – some pyrotechnics should not be fired on carpet.
- Always have a suitable fire extinguisher on hand in the event of any problems.
|Artem Props, Special Effects, Illusions, Set, Practicals, Pyrotechnics [UK]|
|Creating the Impossible Props, Scenery & Magical Illusions [UK]|
|Le Maitre Pyrotechnics Stage Pyrotechnics [UK]|
|Rainbow Confetti Streamers & Confetti [China]|
|Groupe F Events [France]|
|Pyrovision Large scale displays|
|SkyHigh FX [Kent, UK]|
|Amabilino Pyro Displays [UK]|
|Firework Events Fireworks & Special Effects [UK]|
|HFM Pyrotechnics Ltd Consumer & Professional Pyrotechnics [UK]|
|MTFX Pyrotechnic effects [UK]|
|Sonic Fireworks [Devon, UK]|
|Special Effects Suppliers / SFX Supplies Hire and Sales [UK]|
|Star Fireworks [UK]|
|Strictly FX [IL, USA]|
|Theatre Effects [USA]|
|Ultratec Special Effects [USA, Canada, Germany]|
|Just FX Stage Pyrotechnics Training [UK]|
Unions / Associations
|British Pyrotechnists Association [UK]|
|Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians [UK]|
|Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc. [USA]|
|Pyrotechnics Industry Association of Australia [Australia]|