Monday, February 18, 2013

Winter Blast

This is our second trip to the Winter Blast, held every February in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. 

Presented by the Western Pyrotechnic Association, it brings together both amateur and professional pyrotechnists for four days of teaching seminars led by some of the most accomplished pyrotechnists in the US.

We are here early with some of our best friends.

This gives us the best seats and it's fun to watch everything get set up for the big show.

By dusk, there will be thousands of people here for this show .

Major companies are here, featuring and testing items never seen before.

Each night is different, with a variety of professional shows showcasing items which you never get to see at public displays.

This is a major production, with a lot of serious rockets, shells and explosives set up every night.

We also get to showcase our true personalities here and have a lot of fun.  

Coming early gives us a chance to talk with club members, who are well dressed for the occasion, and will wear additional fire protection gear when on the field.

We also get to see some crazy stuff, like this replica Civil War cannon being shot off--

--and these guys blasting 60 pound anvils up in the air.

It takes a lot of powder, makes quite a bang, shakes the earth, sets off car alarms, and really grabs ones attention when these things blast high over the fence 40-60 feet in the air.  

Shooting begins early and goes on until around 10:30 each night.

So, lets hold on to the edge of our seats and watch some of this years' show.

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