Every year, I attend a week of fireworks, symposiums shell making at the WPA’s Winterblast. This year was the 25th Anniversary of the event and I wanted to do something a little over the top to add to our convention. I decided to launch a 2500+ rocket barrage for the 25th Anniversary of the Western Pyrotechnic Association.
In order to launch a rocket barrage, we needed to build racks to place the rockets in a position where it went the direction we wanted to avoid the crowd watching the event. This was not supposed to be an interactive show.
We used hardware cloth to give us the ability to aim the rockets.
We laid down quickmatch to help speed along ignition and ensure the rocket barrage got enough flame to ignite the fuses.
With an effect like this, it’s really hard to get all of the rockets to launch at once. Some of them jam, some of them fall apart, some of them explode on the launch pad. All in all, we only had 30 rockets that did not light, which is absolutely amazing.
Without a crew to help, this rocket barrage never would have happened. Special thank you to Dave Best, Dan Ramsauer, Marty Walker, KathyKat, DaveX, Markus von Graf, Fred von Graf, Allison Cohen and those who cannot be named.
Winterblast is five days of hands-on workshops, lectures and members taking on wild projects like the rocket barrage. For more information about Winterblast and the Western Pyrotechnic Association, visit http://westernpyro.org.
Another Perspective of the Rocket Barrage
This video was shot from the grandstands at the SARA Park Raceway. I’d really like to do this again!