For the past five years our church, Northwood Baptist has put on a spectacular fireworks display for Fourth of July. This was a great opportunity to touch the community in a new way. However, the state law recently changed, and we are now required to have a certified Pyrotechnics Operator on hand. The guy in our church that has done this every year, did not want to go through this certification and asked if I would do it, which I told him I would. This weekend the process began.
The process starts as a Pyrotechnics Operator Trainee.
As a trainee, you have to setup and perform six (6) certified shows, take an eight our class, and take a certification test. I have until July 3rd to get all this accomplished. The church coordinated with Southeastern Pyrotechnics Inc. to put me through this process. Once I complete the test, I will become a certified Pyrotechnics Operator.
This weekend, I was able to get in two certified shows at Charleston Southern University. The event was celebrating the first night baseball game on their campus.
Over Friday and Saturday I assisted them in setting up all the products to be launched during the show. It was so much fun, and I learned so much. The purpose of the six show requirement is to learn how to set up the equipment, but more importantly, to learn the safety while dealing with the explosives.
Here are a few of the pictures from the set up.
We finished the setup in the top of the ninth of the baseball game. So I had a few minutes to rest before we lit up the sky. So I climbed up on a dirt mound outside the right field wall and watched the last inning of the game.
After the show, one of the coaches came over to tell us their was a “smoking onion” in the left field of the ball field. There we found an embedded, undetonated product. We had to douse it with water and maintain clearance for a while until we could secure it.
Here are a few videos from the show. The first one is the finale from my phone after I had launched all my pyrotechnics. The second is a full length video of the full fireworks show from a fan’s perspective.
A video from Charleston Southern’s weekend of baseball, with a snippet at the end of the firework’s show.
This was such an awesome weekend. I want to thank Jeffrey and Jessica from Southeastern Pyrotechnics for taking me under their wings to learn this skill. I had so much fun and cannot wait to do it again. Two shows down, four to go!
Here is the schedule of the next events I will be helping with:
May 10th – Charleston Riverdogs
Friday May 24th @ Riverdogs
Saturday May 25th @ Charleston Battery
Come out and enjoy the shows!