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Fireworks Safety
Fireworks Clubs and Organizations
American Pyrotechnics Assoc.
Julie Heckman, (301) 907-8181
The APA is the premier trade association of the fireworks industry.  The APA was founded in 1948 with three principle aims:  to encourage safety in the design and use of all types of fireworks; to provide industry information and support to our members; and to promote responsible regulation of the fireworks industry.
British Pyrotechnics Society
United Kingdom organization dedicated to the advancement, education, and discussion of pyrotechnic sciences.
Bluegrass Pyrotechnics Guild
Ned Gorski, (513) 947-8332
Brian Lynch, (812) 637-0755
The BPG was founded in the mid-'90s, and we have members from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and other neighboring states. Our membership includes both professional and amateur pyro enthusiasts who get together 8-10 times a year for meetings/shoots/seminars/safety trainings. We welcome anyone who is interested in the art of fireworks.
Canadian Pyrotechnics Association
Paul Marriott -- President
Bill Raynault -- Vice-President
Sean Morris -- Secretary
The mission of the Candian Fireworks Association is to promote the safe and responsible use of pyrotechnics and fireworks in Canada through education and communication. For more information on membership options or their annual convention, please refer to the website at http://www.canadianfireworks.org.

Connecticut Pyrotechnics Assoc.
Alfred Rose, (860) 442-1602
Sean Malley, (860) 669-5674
The CPA was formed in 1986 when several members got together at the PGI Convention. We have owner/operators, operators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts in our organization. Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month except July and August when we are doing shows or going to the PGI convention.
Mid-Atlantic Pyrotechnic Arts Guild (MAPAG)
MAPAG is a fireworks builders club that was established in 2012. They meet on the last weekend of every month, from April to October. New members must be voted in unanimously by the members of the club. You can send email to the address above to be invited as a guest. Unlike many other clubs that are focused on consumer fireworks and large displays, MAPAG focuses on building fireworks and perfecting the art of building for every member.
Crackerjacks Fireworks Club
Jeff Kline, (410) 353-3724
The Crackerjacks was established in 1976 as a fireworks club on the East Coast. Our members consist of both professional and hobbyist enthusiasts. We have 3 major shoots each year. We also get together for seminars, meetings, and parties. New members must be approved by the board, but everyone is welcome to apply.
The Fireworks Foundation
John Steinberg
The Fireworks Foundation is a 501.3(c) charitable not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation of the fireworks hobby. The primary purpose is to ensure, in perpetuity, the existence of hobbyist fireworks and clubs by 1) Funding the necessary legal defense, both civil and criminal, to protect and preserve our rights and privileges under existing law; 2) Funding, creating and developing teaching, outreach and training programs in pyrotechnic operator instructions and in seminars and publications on related topics; 3) Assisting fireworks clubs in time of need; and 4) Working with individuals, governmental entities, business entities and communities as needed to further the cause of hobbyist pyrotechnics.

Heartland Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Shawn Ashbaugh
Heartland Pyrotechnics Assoc., Inc., (HPA) is a non-profit organization started in 1988 by individuals that love fireworks. HPA encourages the safe use, and legal use of fireworks through the sharing of knowledge. Membership is comprised of many facets - fireworks enthusiasts, professionals, and people that simply just enjoy watching fireworks. HPA operates mainly in Tri-State area of northern IN, but has shoots in southwest MI and the mid-northern IL areas. HPA offers a safe and legal way to display all types of fireworks.
Junior Pyrotechnics Assoc.
A.J. Divis
Tyler Hedges
The JPA is an international organization that is composed of minors who have their interests in fireworks and cannot be full adult members of the PGI.  The JPA is associated with the PGI, and thus holds conventions at the same time and place as the PGI, where we present a fireworks display.
Missouri Pyrotechnics Assoc.

Noel Zimmerman, (314) 961-5636
Kent Zimmerman, (314) 631-2424
MoPyro was founded to give fireworks enthusiasts in Missouri and Illinois a local club. We promote the safe, sane and legal use of fireworks. The club is filled with members from the interested novice all the way to owner operators and past PGI Grand masters.
Michigan Pyrotechnics Art Guild
Aaron Enzer, (734) 428-0900
The Michigan Pyrotechnic Arts Guild is a club largely comprised of shell builders and people that love to shoot fireworks. We usually have 5 shoots per year allowing members to bring and shoot fireworks. The club serves the Great Lakes Region.
National Fireworks Association
Joseph R. Bartolotta, 816-505-3589
The National Fireworks Association is an organization composed of individuals and companies dedicated to the safe use of fireworks. Formed in 1992 through the foresight of President Emeritus Cam Starr, the NFA goal is to to protect the rights of individuals and companies to utilize and enjoy fireworks. We represent individuals and industry to the various Federal and State agencies which regulate fireworks. Safety is a key concern. We hold a seat on the NFPA Committee for pyrotechnics and ensure that reasonable regulations to protect those that utilize fireworks allow the freedom to pursue the pyrotechnic art.

New Hampshire Pyrotechnics Assoc. Dave Pierson, (978) 897-9729
New England Club dedicated to the safe, artful, and lawful training and use of pyrotechnics.
Northwest Pyrotechnic Arts Assoc.
Scott Willis
Ric Wunn, (360) 624-1684
The NWPAA is a local club located in the Northwestern United States that is oriented toward fireworks safety, education, and display. The organization’s mission is to provide its members and northwest communities with opportunities to experience firsthand, the thrill and beauty of fireworks.
Oregon Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Daniel Tanner, (541) 744-1406
Focusing on the legal aspects of pyrotechnics in Oregon
Pennsylvania Pyrotechnic Artists
Howard W. Fry, (814) 659-7201
Greg Huntzinger, (717) 697-3486
The Pyro Artists is a non-profit organization that provides its members a means to use and enjoy fireworks legally and safely, to share their experience and further their pyrotechnic knowledge. We are a small, personable group, with most of our members living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. We welcome anyone who is interested in promoting and practicing the responsible use and enjoyment of the various forms of the pyrotechnic arts.
Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas
Texas Fire Ants

Jeff Carroll
PAT was formed in 1997 as an IRS certified Not-for Profit Texas Membership Corporation. We presently offer training and state approved signoff programs in the use of 1.3G fireworks as well as family involvement with 1.4G material. We hope to soon have a Texas manufacturer's license to be able to build within our club. We currently meet 3 times a year Near Houston, Dallas-Ft Worth, and Temple, TX.
Pyrotechnics Guild International
Camille Coman
The Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc., founded in 1969, is an independent worldwide nonprofit organization of amateur and professional fireworks enthusiasts. Its educational and scientific purposes are to promote the safe and responsible display and use of pyrotechnics and fireworks, encourage the display of public and private fireworks in conjunction with local and national holidays as well as patriotic and other events, promote the production and sale of high quality fireworks, and channel the creative energies of talented people into the design, production and display of high quality fireworks by example of the membership and through the sharing of knowledge.

Rocky Mountain Pyrotechnics Guild
Steve & Micki McDanal
Stumptown Shooters
Gene Zdrazil, (319) 629-5162
Mark Woodburn
A group of smoke-smellers from Iowa that will go just about anywhere to shoot fireworks.
Western New York Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Bob Leo, (585) 826-4921
Jeff Staskiewicz, (585) 343-9118
WNYPA was formed in 1992 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1995. The organization is composed of shooters from various companies, distributors, manufacturers, importers, display company owners, and people who "just love fireworks"! Our main objectives are to teach, to learn and to have fun, safely. Our meetings are held the second Thursday of the Month, usually in Orchard Park, NY. We strive to have 3-4 family style fireworks picnics each year. For more information, feel free to contact us!
Western Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Russ Laurie, (661) 297-0259
Tom Calderwood
The Western Pyrotechnic Assoc. or WPA is a non-profit group of fireworks professionals and hobbyists. We are banded together to promote the enjoyment of fireworks of all types and encourage their safe and legal use. We have two gatherings per year, the Western WinterBlast in Lake Havasu City, AZ over President's Day Weekend and Do-It by the River in Jean, Nevada in October.
Wisconsin Pyrotechnic Arts Guild
Steve Hubing, (715) 238-7712
Doug Henderson, (715) 345-1290
The WPAG holds at least four meetings or shoots a year. All or our meetings and shoots are held at a permanent shoot location in central Wisconsin about 20 miles east of Wausau. Format is generally a business meeting in the afternoon, followed by hands-on seminars in the early evening and concluding with several hours of open 1.4G and 1.3G shooting after dark. The WPAG also offers shooter training using the PGI's Display Fireworks Shooter Certification course.
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