Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

MDo you sell materials?  Can you send me a catalog of your products?
MWhat does Prox Pyro™ stand for?
MWhat are Proximate Pyrotechnics?
MDo you also shoot standard fireworks displays?
MDo you design only Pyrotechnics effects?
MCan performers actually be in the sparks of an effect?
MDo performers or other personnel have to sign any release forms?
MCan you supply Pyrotechnics or Fireworks outside of the State of Ohio?
MWhat do pyro special effects cost?  Fireworks displays?
MDo we need special insurance?
MWhat are Flame Effects?
MWhat kinds of Flame Effects does Prox Pyro provide?
MDo you sell Flame Effects I can operate?
MIs Prox Pyro licensed (as required by law) in the State Of Ohio?
MHow can I get into the Special Effects business, or the Fireworks Display business?  Will you hire me?
MWill you certify me (us) for our State exhibitor's licenses?



MDo you sell materials?  Can you send me a catalog of your products?

Ä We try to buy standard products from our manufacturers whenever possible to keep costs down.  We only make special items we cannot buy.  So, sorry, we do not sell materials.
 

MWhat does Prox Pyro™ stand for?

ÄProximate Pyrotechnics
 

MWhat are Proximate Pyrotechnics?

Ä Pyrotechnics is a field that includes fireworks, special effects, and other functions or devices based on fire, combustion, or explosives.  Proximate refers to the audience.  Proximate Pyrotechnics is a newly developed form of fireworks that can be used much closer to the audience than regular fireworks, as close as 15 - 50 feet away.  They also can be made to have little or no smoke, making them suitable for indoor use.  They can be anything from a simple "flash" on a stage to a complete miniature fireworks display shot inside a domed stadium or mall.  We can provide full-blown fireworks displays in places you'd never think were possible.

For more information please see this open letter by Santore & Sons, one of our suppliers.
 

MDo you also shoot standard outdoor fireworks displays?

ÄNo.
 

MDo you design only Pyrotechnics effects?

ÄNo!  We do a lot of pyro, but are also known for our mechanical, light, flame, and atmospheric effects.  See some of our reviews.
 

MCan performers actually be in the sparks of an effect?

Ä It all depends on the effect, but many times a properly informed and prepared performer can run under a waterfall, etc.
 

M  Do performers or other personnel have to sign any release forms?

ÄAll performers and all other personnel that will be in the vicinity of the effects must sign either a release and hold harmless agreement, or must simply acknowledge the receipt of a warning from us to stay away from the effects. 

Why?  We will do our job to operate the effects safely and to inform everyone how to be safe around them, and if we fail in that then we are responsible.  But if a performer decides to sit on top of a burning fountain despite clear warnings not to, we just can't be held responsible.  No one is forced to sign the release, but they will be prohibited from being anywhere near the effects if they decline to.
 

MCan you use Pyrotechnics or Fireworks outside of the State of Ohio?

Ä We current offer pyrotechnic services in most counties and cities in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky.  We can do non-pyrotechnic effects anywhere in the USA.

MWhat do pyro special effects cost?  Fireworks displays?

Ä For a single performance concert, it basically costs about $500 for us to generate the necessary paperwork, order materials, create the required floor plan for the effects, obtain local permits, obtain or verify insurance, work with your Stage Designer, and have our crew on-site for the day.  With materials the cost can run from about $600 to as much as you want to spend -- $1000 - $4000 is a typical range.  A "quickie" assignment with a single effect and little setup time can be done for even less.  Ask us!   (Insurance is not included in these prices)

Concerts or plays with multiple shows -- lets us quote you the cost.

We do a lot of community service work -- if you are a local school, community theater, etc., contact us for a special, affordable rate.
 

MDo we need special insurance?

Ä Many times the "event" insurance policy will cover special effects.  This is the lowest cost route. 

If it doesn't, or a proper certificate cannot be obtained in time for permit application, etc., Prox Pyro can often supply Pyrotechnic insurance for most venues but the cost is extremely high these days.  To meet Ohio's minimum will cost at least $3,000 just for the insurance.

We have no sources for Flame Effects insurance.  This will have to be supplied as part of some venue or production policy.  Outside of Ohio, no insurance or paperwork is normally required for Flame Effects as few other states have adopted NFPA 160..
 

MWhat are Flame Effects?

ÄClick here for more information.
 

MWhat types of Flame Effects does Prox Pyro provide?  Do you sell flame effects I can operate?

Ä We currently offer indoor and outdoor effects for productions, plays, concerts, special events, film, video, theme parks, etc. 

All manually operated effects are performed and monitored by a trained and licensed operator.  We do not sell or rent any manually operated equipment.

We do design and sell completely automatic "turnkey" effects that are designed to be operated by untrained individuals or for automated use.
 

MIs Prox Pyro licensed (as required by law) in the State Of Ohio?

Ä Yes, we are proud to hold license #1 (59-57-0001).
 

MHow can I get into the Special Effects business, or the Fireworks Display business?  Will you hire me?

Ä I wish I knew.J Seriously, I can't give you an answer.  Sometimes the opportunity must just present itself.  You can find a large organization and hire on doing grunt-work for a few years, work your way up, but even that type of opportunity is rare.  The movie FX business is dying with the plummeting cost of CGI, but live performance effects are increasing in demand.
 

M Will you certify me (us) for our State exhibitor's licenses?

Ä Legal and insurance restrictions make this impossible unless we truly have first hand knowledge of your abilities and have personally observed your work and judgment on many occasions over many years.

 



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