The Durham, NH fire department hosted a pyrotechnics demonstration at the Whittemore Center Arena on May 22 to increase awareness of pyrotechnic code requirements and event safety. Between 15 and 20 fire department representatives from throughout New Hampshire, who normally do not witness the use of pyro at events, were able to see the different models and uses during the demonstration.
Included in the presentation were gerbs (spraying sparklers like the ones used in the fatal West Warwick, RI night club fire), mines (zap sparklers that explode with one bang and use a flame effect), concussion motors (one enormous bang), and flashpots (flame effects). Walter “Chip” Hastings, who works part-time for Atlas Pyrotechnics, led the seminar.
“The Whittemore Center Arena was very excited to be able to host this important educational opportunity,” said Bob LeBarron, general manager of the facility. “As active members of IAAM, Global Spectrum and the Whittemore Center Arena are proud to be able to advance safety awareness and practices in the public assembly facility industry.” –edited by Jane Cohen and Bod Grossweiner