Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Many people already know that I hold fireworks display operator/pyrotechnician licenses in both Oregon and Washington. So, every year I "shoot" a few (or more) large public display shows. In other words, the professional shows that cost quite a bit of money and make big noises and splashes of light.

Every year I invite people to come help me with the operation of the show on July 4th. It's a fun and exciting way to spend Independence Day, and it's not often that people get a chance to set up, load and shoot a big fireworks show.

But, here's your chance. If you're interested in joining me for July 4th in Des Moines, Washington (which is just south of SeaTac airport and north of Federal Way) to set up, fire and clean up a big show for the city, let me know by sending me an email or giving me a call! My contact info is in the sidebar of this site. We shoot this particular show off the end of a pier over the water. We'll start in the morning and load all the equipment down to the end of the pier, shoot the show and then remove the equipment and clean things up.

It's a bit of work, but it's also a truly unique experience and a whole lot of fun. Heck, how often do you get to blow up thousands of dollars of someone else's stuff? You'll handle the shells, set up and load the mortars, help wire them all up to the firing equipment, learn all about how they work, participate in a full set of safety lessons, and - most importantly - you'll be a key part of bringing an awesome July 4th celebration to the people of the city of Des Moines.

Feel free to let me know if you might like to participate. Safety always comes first and you will be trained in everything you need to know to safely be a crew member. Don't be bashful, there are a few crew slots open and I welcome your help and participation! The requirements for crew participation (per the U.S. government) are: United States citizen or legal resident, at least 18 years old, no felony convictions, and a few other details that I can explain to anyone who wants to participate.

Thanks, and hope to have you on the crew! Get in touch! To pique your interest, here's a sample video of a show we operated a couple years ago in Walla Walla:

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Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:49:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Wednesday, 20 May 2009 10:01:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Nice video and good work!

You should come to Valencia someday and enjoy our regional holidays, Fallas, and see the fireworks of "Nit del Foc" ("The Fire Night"). This year, almost 5000 Kg where burned. See this video and fast forward to 8:30. <a href="http://www.truveo.com/Fallas-2009-Nit-del-Foc-22/id/417326158">Nit del Foc Video</a>
Thursday, 21 May 2009 02:03:27 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
*were* burned (ouch!)
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