Q&A - Frequently asked questions
No. We get this question a lot. Fireworks Spectaculars is a fireworks design and display company. We purchase our product for the shows that we do for our clients, we are not a retailer for fireworks.
Yes, in fact a majority of our shows are for towns, groups and individuals who want to add fireworks to their events. We can work with you to create a unique show that will work with your budget.
In short, we are very proud to have won 10 major awards, making us one of the most decorated companies in North America. Most recently, we were succesful at the 2012 PIPC International Fireworks Championship winning against competitiors from 10 other countries in the annual competition held in Manila, Philippines. We have also won an unprecedented 5 Canadian Fireworks Championships, 2 Globalfest International Championships, the Montreal International Fireworks Championship Gold Jupiter (first place) and also the People’s Choice Award at the Montreal International Fireworks Championship. Please visit our "Virtual Trophy Case" where we proudly display these awards.
Over the past 10 years, we have produced over 1500 fireworks displays and many of these shows have been for major productions and events. We have profiled some of the many opportunities we have had in our "Major Shows Section".
Yes, in our "Media Section" on our website you can find some of the great photos and newspaper articles we have collected over the years.
Professional Display Companies in Canada are always looking for energetic and competent crew members to join them in the production of professional fireworks shows.
• 18 years of age?
• Passionate about fireworks?
• Willing to take a one-day government regulation course?
• Willing to apprentice on several shows?
• Of a safety first mentality?
• Not worried about a little hard work and willing to learn?
If the answer is yes, then you could become a licensed Pyrotechnician, Display Assistant or Display Fireworks Supervisor for Fireworks Spectaculars!
The training of new Display Assistants and Supervisors has been critical to the success of Fireworks Spectaculars and we take pride in educating many new people to the fireworks industry. If you’re going to train and learn in the Canadian fireworks industry, you might as well learn from a company that produces many of the major displays in Canada, has won several major awards and operates with world class people and equipment. Through our apprentice program, Fireworks Spectaculars has trained 100’s of Pyrotechnicians, Display Assistants and Display Supervisors and we continue to assign new people to our shows regularly.
The one day government regulation course is presented by Natural Resources Canada – Explosives Regulatory Division and is usually scheduled twice per year in many different cities.
You can find the Natural Resources Canada Fireworks and Pyrotechnics course schedules here and the site will also explain how to register.
Yes we do. Fireworks for weddings are becoming very popular and we will bring your special day to an amazing conclusion. There are many differences in display fireworks companies and we offer you the peace of mind of dealing with a professional, fully insured, award winning company that truly cares about the details and making your day spectacular!
Here are a few things we offer as special touches:
Coordinated Wedding Design: We are very detailed orientated and our displays can be designed around a colour, song or theme that you have chosen for your wedding day. If you have selected a colour for your wedding such as White, Gold, Pink, Purple, Etc., we can design the show to match. If you have song or songs that are meaningful to you, we can choreograph the display in a pyromusical format using your music.
Confidential Show: Some of our past wedding performances have been kept secret to one of the parties (bride or groom), all of the guests or even given as a surprise gift to the couple. It takes a little more planning, but the look on their face(s) as a magical fireworks display begins during the reception will make it all worthwhile.
Turn Key Performance: All of our displays are turn key performances and we fully understand that on a wedding day that the couple, friends and family are very busy with the festivities. It is common on show day for us to work directly with the venue on the last minute details for your display and not take any of your time, except to watch several minutes of great fireworks.
Fireworks Spectaculars is fortunate to be one of two companies to fire a 16 inch diameter shell in Canada, and we’ve done it twice. We shot one 14" and two 16" shells in Ottawa for Canada Day and two 16" Shells in Edmonton for Canada Day in 2009.
It depends on who the authority having jurisdiction is in your area, and it varies. But you don’t need to worry about that, because we take care of that for you.
Most of the shows we do can start set up on the morning of the show and be ready to go well before sundown so we can do all the necessary safety checks in daylight. However, some of our larger or competition shows can have multiple day set ups, anywhere from two to five days.
The rule of thumb that we’ve come to work with is that it takes about an hour of design time for every minute of your show.
This varies depending on the site. Sometimes the site has only one access point and is virtually secure, other times we may need you to provide security people to make sure no one gets too close. We will do a site visit with you to determine what your exact needs will be.
As soon as possible is the easy answer. Many of our shows are for repeat clients, who rebook year to year. If you are booking a new show with us, normally three months gives us enough time. However, we have been able to book, design and get the permits in shorter times – depending on the time of year.
There are a number of factors that add to the cost:
• Pyromusicals tend to be larger productions
• They take longer to design to get the synchronization perfect
• They tend to require more set up time
• They need more experienced and qualified supervisors and crew to operate the show
We get asked this question quite often and the simple answer is patience and a lot of trial and error. We have friends who take photos for us, as we’re too close to the action to get a really good photo. Distance helps for the really big shells and using a manual setting so you can get that “tracer” effect. A tripod helps too.
It really depends on the show. We’ve done world class fireworks displays in three minutes for televised sporting events and up to thirty minute competition shows and everything in between. A good sized Canada day show usually runs between 8 to 15 minutes, depending on location and budget.
Most people think rain or snow can cancel a show, but that’s not the case. We have shot shows in moderate snow conditions on New Year’s Eve and light rains in the summer. The two most important considerations are lightning and wind.
Most of our shows are set up in large, flat, open areas and lightning is a hazard to both our staff and the audience alike. However, in our experience, lightning ends up delaying a show rather than cancelling it.
Wind affects our ability to determine where the shot will go. We don’t want to have it burst, where debris may drift down on them. That’s why on occasion, you’ll see us fire a test shot before the show so we can accurately see where the winds are blowing, it can be entirely different a few hundred feet in the air from what it is on the ground. Cancellations are rare, but they do happen. The vast majority are due to unsafe wind conditions.