Full Blown Fireworks Product Demonstration at WWB

Trip Start Feb 12, 2015
Trip End Feb 16, 2015

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Friday, February 13, 2015


Our friend Rich Bader took on the task of doing a product demo of Full Blown Fireworks, which are single effect cakes in either mines, comets, palms, willow, chrysanthemums or strobe breaks, in fans of either 3 or 4 breaks in 4 rows, all of one of a variety of colors.

The truck from Washington delivered seven pallets of fireworks to the infield of the race track where the fireworks were shot. Good thing we had access to a fork lift, and Jeremy as our fork lift driver.

Just unloading and sorting the fireworks so we could find them was a multi-hour task.


Rich chose to use Talon ignitors for this show to demonstrate that any consumer (in states where 1.4G fireworks are legal) could reproduce and shoot this kind of show themselves. Rich also thought it would save time by not having to insert e-match, the ignitors that professionals use to get more precise timing in their cues. However it was still time consuming attaching the Talon to 500 cakes.

We test fired a few comets the night before the show to make sure we had the right distance between the firing positions to get the patterns in the sky we wanted. My photographs told us to spread the positions out further. Those comets are really strong!

I took charge of creating and setting up the finale. We added 144 1.75" shells and salutes to dramatically end the show. They all fired in a matter of seconds. And, all fired successfully!


With over 500 devices comes a lot of wire and wiring. The Full Blown cakes were often wired together, with multiple effects firing simultaneously. Our volunteers did a great job loading the product onto ramps or racks that Greg had constructed at home and drove to the site. The ramps let us vary the angles that the product fired, creating larger fans or “peacocks” for more variety and interest.

The multiple angled fans pictured below were created by firing 3, 6 or 9 Full Blown cakes at the same time with some straight up, and some at -30 degrees, -40 degrees, +40 degrees or +30 degree angles.

Steve Houser, the owner of Red Rhino Fireworks, and the creator of the Full Blown line, was in attendance and helping all day long over both days. No pressure to make the product look good!

Rich choreographed the display using "Finale" choreography software and the Cobra Wireless Firing System was used to fire the show.

500 Full Blown Cakes choreographed by Rich Bader to shoot in 5 minutes, 8 seconds, to Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star" and The Rolling Stone's "She Comes in Colors"

The Full Blown Demo was sponsored by JAKE'S FIREWORKS
-  - Mick and Jeremy from Jake's Fireworks were there both days pitching in and buying lunch!

It was an amazing effort to get the show set up and shot. Twenty two volunteers with experience ranging from decades to nonexistent pulled together to make it happen. Some folks were concerned it wouldn’t get done in time, but there was no panic, just a lot of hard work. It all pays off when we saw the show, and listened to the reaction from the crowd. There’s nothing else like that experience and that’s why we bust our butts for two days straight (not to mention the planning beforehand) for 5 minute and 8 seconds of euphoria.

Rich was very enthusiastic having had the chance to contribute to this years Western Winter Blast and has put together a great video which can be found on Youtube. 

click on: http://youtu.be/nyHK8ZZWLiY

Of interest to pyrotechnicians this link shows what the show looked like when choreographed in Finale

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Sharon Henson on

This was so interesting to see how the displays were put together. The night show must have been SPECTACULAR !!! Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

Ernesto zepeda (Pyro Pig) on

Sorry I didn't help more it was fun and would do it again but be the whole time lots of fun helping see great fireworks

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