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Frequently Asked Questions
(or what you need to know before you contact us)

What is Special Effects/Stage/Event Pyrotechnics?
What is involved with permits and licenses?
Where can Pyrotechnics be safely used?
What about insurance?
How much does it cost for Pyrotechnic Special Effects?
What kind of event uses Pyrotechnic Special Effects?
How can I decide what to do for my show?
How much advance notice is necessary?


What is Special Effects/Stage/Event Pyrotechnics? (back to top)
Any devices or materials that use chemical compounds for combustion and are designed to produce a visual, audible, or thermal effect as enhancement for stage, film, video, presentations, live events or other public/private events. These materials are manufactured specifically for the intended use- both indoor and outdoor, and are approved by the California State Fire Marshal for such use.

What is involved with permits and licenses? (back to top)
A local permit from the Fire Department having jurisdiction is required for every event. Usually a “stand by” fireman is also required. The costs for the local permit and standby varies from city to city. Typically the range is from $300-$700. In addition to the local permit, any public display (indoors or outdoors) requires a special PUBLIC DISPLAY company license, which PYROTECHNIQUES company maintains and incorporates into the fees.

Where can Pyrotechnics be safely used? (back to top)
Actually, you would be amazed by the places we use pyrotechnics. Since the materials are manufactured and scaled for specific proximity usage, we are able to work inside hotel ballrooms, convention centers, event centers, etc. We even did a display inside GRACE CATHEDRAL in San Francisco! Outdoor shows can be fired from building rooftops, piers, parking lots, etc.

What about insurance? (back to top)
PYROTECHNIQUES company maintains a full liability policy as prescribed by the California State Fire Marshal. Your company and the Venue- and any other vendors,performers etc...will be named as additional insureds on a certificate that is specific to your event. PYROTECHNIQUES company has NEVER had a claim.

How much does it cost for Pyrotechnic Special Effects? (back to top)
There are no fixed costs for displays. Every show is customized and has its own set of cost factors. Overall budget begins with the cost of doing business in each city. Pyrotechnic Special Effects are labor intensive and usually require a crew.
Range of price for typical presentation events are $3000-$6000. One-time Film/video and other specialized events can cost less...or more.

What kind of event uses Pyrotechnic Special Effects? (back to top)
Corporate parties and meetings, special public events, stage productions, film/video/still photography, weddings, birthdays, sporting events, and other private or public celebrations.

How can I decide what to do for my show? (back to top)
Most people usually have an idea, but if if you just want to know what’s possible-
you should call, fax, or email us. Jack has 20 years of experience in theatre design and production.

How much advance notice is necessary? (back to top)
The more-the better, as with all planning. Local fire departments suggest 10 days notice when filing for a permit. In order to do that- I must have a complete and detailed plan, which will take me about a week to generate. We have put shows together on one week’s notice-but I strongly advise against trying this. In general, if you contact us 3-6 weeks prior to your date, we can produce a great display with a minimum of stress.



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