Shipping & Availability Hub Has Been Added! - Jun.27th

Shipping & Availability Hub Has Been Added!

Jun. 27th 2018

We have added new web section with the intent to provide more up to date information on shipping, lead times, and availability. You can find the below information on this page

  • Equipment Availability
  • Out of Stock Items
  • Available Shipping Methods
  • FedEx Groud Shipping Regions

36M & 72M Critical Firmware Update! - Jun. 11th

36M & 72M Critical Firmware Update

Jun. 11th 2018

We discovered two minor issues in the current 5.0.2 BETA firmware for the 36M and 72M. It is important that you update your current devices in order to avoid any issues. Please find an explanation of the issues below and how to update your devices. Please note that this issue is on the 36M and 72M only.

Issue #1: The 36M and 72M may not show continuity if the internal temperature exceeds around 110°F or 43°C. For example, this can occur in ambient temperatures as low as 80°F or 27°C when the unit is exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Please note that even though the 36M and 72M would not show continuity, this would not prohibit the unit from firing. This firmware update will fix this issue.

Issue #2: The 36M and 72M may not show continuity for certain Talon igniter clips due to having a higher resistance value. This has been resolved as continuity will now display for those Talons. This could occur in as high as 20% of Talons. This patch release will fix this issue.

How to fix?

To fix the device, please perform the following steps:

  1. Download the 90m.s19 and save to a USB drive
  2. Insert the USB drive into your 36M or 72M.
  3. Hold SYNC and turn the key to the TEST or ARM position. Red LEDs
    will light side to side. Once complete, restart the device. The
    device is now running 5.0.3.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ssmith@cobrafiringsystems.com.


Quick Informational Videos Added! - Apr. 27th

Quick Informational Videos Added!

Apr. 27th 2018


18R2 and 18M Detailed Demonstration Released! - Apr. 16th

18R2 and 18M Detailed Demonstration Released!

Apr. 16th 2018

Scott and Joel have been hard at work the last few weeks in our secret COBRA film studio producing the first video in a new series of detailed demonstration videos. This first video is a deep dive into both the 18R2 and 18M. The video is broken down into chapters and timestamped as well, so check it out!


Tech Specs on Core Equipment Have Been Updated! - Apr. 4th

Tech Specs on Core Equipment Have Been Updated!

Apr. 4th 2018

We have updated our technical specifications tab for all core equipment. Please find a list of updated products below:


Drawings Have Been Added to all LiPo Chargers! - Mar. 7th

Drawings Have Been Added to All Lipo Chargers!

Mar. 7th 2018
We have recently received a few inquiries about the exact length of our lipo chargers. To help with ease of information, we have added clarifying drawings to all of our lipo chargers. You can view these on our LiPo Chargers page.

36M with Onboard Cues Now Available in Orange Case! - Mar. 2nd

36M with Onboard Cues Now Available in Orange Case!

Mar. 2nd 2018
After receiving multiple requests, we are now happy to offer our 36M with Onboard Cues in an Orange Case!

Announcing COBRA Posters! - Feb. 27th

Announcing COBRA Posters!

Feb. 27th 2018

Today we are announcing the start of a line of COBRA Posters. We currently have two different posters available, Thump Junkie & No Black Sky. Put them on your wall today!


Remote Holsters Now Available! - Feb. 20th

Remote Holsters Now Available!

Feb. 20th 2018
We are incredibly excited to offer a new unique product, a Remote Holster for the 18R and 18R2. Keep your remote by your side at all times with this holster! It can attach to a belt, or be reversed to be supported from within your pocket.

Introducing Ten Module Chargers! - Feb. 7th

Introducing Ten Module Chargers!

Feb. 7th 2018
We have been getting many requests for chargers than can charge more than five modules at once, and we are happy to finally offer a 10 Module LiPo Charger. The charge rate will remain the same with ten simultaneous modules as with five.

Test Bulbs, Module Box, and Audio Box Buttons Added! - Feb. 7th

Test Bulbs, Module Box, and Audio Box Buttons Added!

Feb. 7th 2018


We have added a few replacement items, as well as test bulbs! We included links to products added below:

  • Test Bulb - 20 Pack
  • Module Box
  • Audio Box Buttons

  • Show Checklists / System Maintenance Section Added! - Feb. 7th

    Show Checklists / System Maintenance Section Added!

    Feb. 7th 2018

    We have added a new section containing a series of checklists, maintenance and pre-show procedures:

    • Equipment Preparation Checklist
      • Make sure all equipment is properly prepared and checked before a show.
    • Pre-show Checklist
      • Ensure that all equipment functionality is verified prior to shooting your show.
    • 18R2 Scripted Dry Run Checklist
      • Perform a dry run of a scripted show.
    • Common Troubleshooting
      • Common troubleshooting issues per device.
    • Show Problem - Next Steps
      • Provides instructions on the steps to take after any type of issue on your show. Issues can be caused by the operator, equipment, environment, or other factors.
    • Equipment Annual Maintenance
      • Best practices for annual maintenance of your COBRA equipment.

    Tablet Recomendations added to Control Panel - Jan. 9th

    Tablet Recomendations added to Control Panel

    Jan. 9th 2018

    We are excited to announce that we have added a comprehensive list of tablet recommendations to our COBRA Control Panel product page. Be sure to check these out if you are in the market for a tablet and want some direction in choosing a device. For any other specific questions on tablets, please be sure to reach out to us at jrobinson@cobrafiringsystems.com.


    Control Panel 2.0.4 BETA Update - Dec. 28th

    Control Panel 2.0.4 BETA Update!

    Dec. 28th 2017

    The COBRA 2.0.4 BETA release is a minor patch release for the COBRA firmware version 5.0.0 and 5.0.2.

    • Added support for the Samsung View 18.4"
    • Fixed incorrect address display issue for 36M
    • Fixed crash report when loading on specific devices


    Drawings have been added to all DB25 Cables - Dec. 14th

    Drawings Have Been Added to All DB25 Cables

    Dec. 14th 2017
    In an effort to help customers better understand our cables and their genders, we have recently adding clarifying drawings to all slat cables. You can view these on our DB25 Cables page.

    Introducing a New Talon Size: 6M (18ft) - Dec. 12th

    Introducing a New Talon Size: 6M (19.5 ft)

    Dec. 12th 2017
    We are excited to announce that we now offer a 6M Talon Igniter Clip . We heard your feedback and decided to have this COBRA exclusive length produced. Other than the extra meter of length, this size is identical to other talons we offer, and will function exactly the same.

    COBRA Baseball Hat Now Available - Nov. 27th

    COBRA Baseball Hat Now Available!

    Nov. 27th 2017

    This is Betty, our office model. Betty looks fly in her COBRA hat. Be like Betty.

    We are thrilled to announce that the COBRA Baseball Hat is now available for purchase! Boasting an adjustable velcro strap, pre-frayed brim, as well as a fabric back, this hat will be the envy of the shoot site.

    Get yours today!


    18M Airburst Cue Strip Now Available - Oct. 31st

    18M Airburst Cue Strip Now Available!

    Oct. 31st 2017

    We are excited to announce that we have just released our RJ11 Airburst Cue Strip!

    This cue strip is designed to allow your module to fire Airbursts. Airbursts typically come as a set of three effects, pre-wired into an RJ11 harness. Each kit includes one cue strip with two separate RJ11 female connectors.

    You can install one or more cue strips per module. If you are using a Slat Connector, you will only be able to install these cue strips in the first and second bays. Installation is simple, only a screwdriver is required.


    New Decals - Oct. 18th

    New Decals!

    October 18th 2017



    We have been hard at work in the COBRA Art Lab creating a second series of our decals we know you have all come to love. You can find them along with COBRA apparel on our Stickers / COBRA Swag page.


    The 36M has Landed - Oct. 10th

    The 36M has Landed!

    October 10th 2017



    We have officially released the 36M firing module for sale and immediate shipment!

    One of the benefits of the 36M is it's ability to use varying Pro-Adapt plates to support different connection methods. We will be offering a number of options in the coming months. For our initial rollout, we are focusing on the large armored case with on board speaker terminals, and a version that supports 2 x 18S slats or a single 36 cue slat. We plan to release this 36 cue slat soon. Other options will include a side exit SE-300 case, quick plug support, mini 6 cue slats including CAT-5 cable support, and more. Any 36M can use a different Pro-Adapt plate by simply removing the plate and plugging in another.

    The 36M comes with a standard LiPo, external power and still supports 9V batteries in a pinch. In addition, we have added an LCD screen for displaying channel, address, battery levels, signal and more without having to rely on a boot up process.

    We will be offering $50 off for the next week for each type of module with limited availability.

    36M with 18S Slats - $549 USD
    36M with Onboard Cues and Slat Support - $599 USD

    Please note that the 5.0.2 firmware is required for operation. If you have any questions, please call at 518-222-7410 or email ssmith@cobrafiringsystems.com We plan to release a 72M option in the coming months as we are finalizing some of the adapter plate productions.


    Spring Update! - May. 14th

    Spring Update!

    May. 14th 2018



    When we last left our Dynamic Duo in late April, Joel and Jonah had just returned from a successful MAFF. They have been incredibly busy since them, hitting a different event every weekend!

    First, they drove down to Harrisville in Western PA for the annual Kellner's Demo. They set up a small booth in the store and offered support and firmware upgrades to existing clients, and demos to new clients. Over 40 modules and 10 remotes were brought in to be upgraded!

    The next weekend, the pair flew out to Pahrump, Nevada for Red Apple's Demo Night. They set up a small booth in the front of the store for upgrades and demos. They also scripted a small finale with about 25 consumer effects for the end of the firework product demo. 

    Finally, last weekend, the twosome took a slightly shorter flight to Monroe, Michigan for another Red Apple Demo Night, this time at Motor City Fireworks. They set up a small booth by the checkouts and, you guessed it, provided support/upgrades and product demos to clients and potential clients. They also assisted in the setup of a 7-minute pyromusical that was shot using 14 modules, an 18R2, and an Audio Box.

    Despite all that was going on, Jonah and Joel both managed to find time to take some great pictures for us to share.

    A busy booth at Kellners!

    Jonah swears he was talking to a client in this picture, but we don't see it!

    Test Rockets built by World Class Master Rocket Maker Tom Rebenklau.

    Photograph of Kellner's building by Jonah, he fancies himself an amateur Andy Warhol.

    Makeshift upgrade station.

    Joel giving a 1 on 1 training session on the Control Panel.

    Welcome to Nevada!

    Our booth from the first Red Apple Demo in Pahrump.

    Joel in his natural habitat. Look how happy he is!

    Flyover of Naval Academy Bridge in Annapolis, Maryland.

    Exterior of Motor City Fireworks in Monroe, MI

    Jonah giving a product demo on an 18M.

    Checking continuity for pyromusical.

    Look at all these cakes!

    "Better than all the rest!"

    After a hard months work, I think these guys deserve a relaxing night in!


    MAFF 2018! - Apr. 24th

    MAFF 2018!

    Apr. 24th 2018



    Over the weekend of April 20th, Joel, Jonah, Ryan, and Mike took the long drive from COBRA headquarters in upstate NY to the annual MAFF event in Charlotte Hall, MD. We arrived in town Friday evening, had some delicious Mexican grub at Pancho Villa and promptly retired to bed to be well rested for Saturday. Once we arrived on site, we handed out pre-orders, talked to clients, performed some repair and service work, and had a great morning in the beautiful weather. Once the afternoon rolled around, Joel and Ryan walked the shoot site offering assistance to any clients that wanted it, but nearly all of our awesome customers were incredibly prepared and knowledgeable, so there was little help to offer!

    When shoot time came, Joel supervised from the shooting position and we are happy to report that all shows fired flawlessly. We wanted to share some background on these shows:

    Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
    Kens Dedication Ken Garafalo 1 1 Yes 20
    NLPC 10th Anniversary Pyromusical Joe Carp NLPC 1 1 Yes 49
    MAFF - SD&R style Brian Craig NLPC & NEOPG 1 1 Yes 85
    MIFF @ MAFF Chris Wall Michigan Firework Fanatics 1 1 Yes 31

    One of our room placards, they must have known COBRA was coming!

    Team COBRA enjoying a nutritional dinner before bed on Friday night.

    Mike "The Machine" rocking upgrade kit installations like its 2015!

    Joel giving a 1 on 1 training session.

    Cakeboard and 18M from MIFF's show.

    Beta 36M feature, it will drop shells for you!

    18M and rack of 3" salutes for the NLPC show.

    Towers from Brian Craigs show. These had various effects on them, adding an elaborate"upper" ground effect layer to his show.

    Lines, lines, and more lines of groundbombs!

    'The Toybox'; this mod was wired up with large ball shells, and used to entertain the audience during fire breaks. A unique idea!

    How many modules can you count in one position?

    This year's event saw the largest turnout yet!


    Western Winter Blast 2018! - Feb. 26th

    Western Winter Blast 2018!

    Feb. 26th 2018



    During the weekend of February 16th, Joel will be shipping himself out to sunny Lake Havasu City in Arizona to attend the annual Western Winter Blast convention. He will arrive on Friday night to offer shoot site assistance and will spend Saturday and Sunday offering support and giving product demos at the trade show, and will again be on site during the evening to offer show support. Be sure to swing by the trade show booth if you are attending and say hello to COBRA's golden boy!

    Western Winter Blast is an annual event held by the Western Pyrotechnic Association. Many consider it the PGI of the west, as every year, the convention includes seminars, trade shows, class C and pyrotechnic supply vending, open shooting for both class C & class B, as well as BBQ's afterglow parties and of course, several nights of professional pyromusicals and displays. This year, Spirit of 76 and NPA will be shooting shows using COBRA.

    Joel arrived on Friday evening and spent his Saturday and Sunday manning the trade show booth. In the evening, Joel provided on site support for any clients shooting with COBRA.

    We are happy to announce between Joel's assistance, and our clients knowledge and preparation, that all shows fired flawlessly. We wanted to share some background on these shows, as well as some amazing videos courtesy of Firecat8:

    Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
    "Painting the Sky" WPA Educational Show David Sholl WPA - Western Pyrotechnic Association 1 No Yes 15
    Salute to America Dan Haines Spirit of 76 1 1 Yes 85
    Pyromusical by Vortex Fireworks Artist Eric Farnsworth SLAP -Salt Lake Area Pyros 1 1 Yes 61
    P.I.T. Show Pyros in Training 2 No No 13 25

    Our modest trade show booth.

    Thump Junkie, still a customer favorite!

    Seven module front for Spirit of 76's show.

    WPA Lancework gifted for use during P.I.T. (Pyros in Training) show.

    Did you know the London Bridge currently resides in Lake Havasu, Arizona? We didn't!


    Upcoming Events for 2018 - Jan. 9th

    Upcoming Events for 2018

    Jan. 9th 2018



    With a new year comes new pyrotechnic events and trade shows. When we are able to attend, we like to use these events and shows as an opportunity to both offer assistance to customers, as well as spend time with them and learn more about how we can continue to expand in the direction customers want. We have put together a list of the events we plan on attending this year. As we add or remove events, we will continue to update this, so be sure to check for COBRA's attendance if you want to use these as an opportunity to have your equipment checked out or repaired, ask some questions, or just meet some of the crew!


    Upcoming Events

    Boomtown August 25th Vinton, IA
    National Fireworks Association Expo (NFA) September 10th - 14th Wichita, KS
    Pyromania September 20th - 22nd Wright City, MO
    American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) October 1st - 5th Cleveland, OH

    International Pyromusical Design and Choreography Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Nov. 29th

    International Pyromusical Design and Choreography Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Nov. 29th 2017


    Safety is a fundamental factor in the handling of pyrotechnics, its correct use guarantees the care and protection of lives, but overall, the performance of professional level shows requires constant learning and training by professionals. The 3rd International Course of Design and Choreography of Pyromusicals is an event aimed at educating professional pyrotechnicians throughout Latin America.

    The event was based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 15th and 16th 2017. Ernesto Norman of PyroSmart Mexico, Jorge Márquez of Lux Pirotecnia and Jorge Díaz de Dinamite, hosted workshops on safety and use of COBRA equipment and J-TEK electric match.

    The high-quality technology for the development of pyrotechnic events combined perfectly with the support of Finale Fireworks, a professional program for the creation of the best shows.




    Pyromania 2017 - Oct. 18th

    Pyromania 2017, Wright City, MO

    October 18th 2017



    Last week, we packed Joel Robinson into a large wheeled travel case and shipped him back home to the Midwest to attend Pyromania 2017 in Wright City, MO.

    Joel arrived on Friday afternoon and spent all day Saturday at the shoot site assisting anyone who was shooting with COBRA. Joel provided support for nine 18R2s, six audioboxes and nearly 250 modules spread out across 8 different displays.

    We are incredibly proud to say that between Joel's assistance, and our clients knowledge and preparation, that all shows fired flawlessly. We wanted to share some background on these shows, as well as some amazing videos courtesy of Firecat8:

    Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
    National Anthem Zane Northrip MoPyro 1 1 Yes 13
    21 Gun Salute Zane Northrip MoPyro 1 1 Yes 7
    Kevin's 12" Memorial Shell     1     3
    Pro Am Entry #2 Brent Folley   2 1 Yes 27
    Pro Am Entry #3 Jeff Taylor MoPyro 1 1 Yes 29
    Mass Launch - Red     1      
    Time Transcended Brandon Schmidt KCAP 1 1 Yes 76
    Zane Northrip Large Pyromusical MoPyro 2 1 Yes 77

    Nine modules (two hidden) wired up to 3" and 4" shells.

    MoPyro position for the ProAM competition.

    MoPyro ProAM shooter wondering why Joel is taking his picture.

    Shooter's table covered with COBRA 18R2s and Audio Boxes.

    Audio Boxes in queue waiting their turn for the sound system.


    American Pyrotechnics Association Conference (APA) 2017 - Oct. 5th

    Come see Scott at APA!

    Nov. 11th 2017



    What a week for our fearless leader Scott Smith, he spent the week in sunny, beautiful San Diego at the yearly APA convention. He wanted to share some thoughts on this week:

    "It was great to have great discussions with some existing and new customers. Great to see J&M Displays, Fireworks America, R.J. Santore, and many others! Nothing better than to talk to customers, gain feedback and discuss all of our new developments. First time at APA and will be coming back!"


    Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) 2017 Convention - Sept. 15th

    Pyrotechnics Guild International 2017, Fargo, ND

    Sept. 15th 2017

    From left to right, Ryan, Brandon, Mike, Jonah, and Joel

    COBRA was proud to be a part of the PGI 2017 event in Fargo, ND. The brand new 5.0.2 firmware release was used exclusively, leveraging the new MESH technology to combat a difficult shoot site that contained both buildings and natural barriers. Highlights of the event included our eight trade show table booth, where we showed off some of our newer in development technologies, including higher and lower cue count modules, SMTPE time code input, single point command center control interface, and more...

    In addition to showing off new technology, we provided field support for any show that was fired using COBRA, which was many of the larger public displays including:

      Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
    Firestone Miranda Pagoada Spirit of '76 1 1 Yes 69
    Dance the Night Away Dan Haines Spirit of '76  1 1 Yes 81
    Vortex Fireworks Chuck Johnson Vortex Fireworks 1 1 Yes 82
    Northern Lighters Pyrotechnics Ron Reitan Northern Lighters Pyrotechnics 3 1 Yes 159

    COBRA was also used to fire a number of choreographed Class C pyromusicals:


    Scott had the pleasure of hosting a free, fully booked, instructional demonstration to COBRA

    Scott and Jonah reprogramming modules next to Spirit of '76's product

    Hand lit, chain fired portion of JPA show, which was also shot using COBRA

    One of the infield posistions from Vortex's show contaning 11 COBRA modules

    For the 5th year in a row, COBRA was also used to fire all evening competitions. This year, the team was able to take advantage of our new MESH technology to support a more difficult shoot site containing varying distances and barriers between competition entries. Thanks to all of the support of Rick Olivieri, Tom Dimock and the rest of the PGI team!


    National Fireworks Association (NFA) 2017 Expo - Sept. 12th

    COBRA Roadtrip to NFA!

    Sept. 12th 2017



    It was an exciting weekend for Joel and Jonah, as they were whisked away in a magical Buick to beautiful Erie PA to the yearly NFA convention! There, they talked to customers, repaired equipment, updated firmware, and provided show support for two shows, an 80's themed show put on by the stellar crew at OPAG and NEOPG, as well as a unique fully scripted product demo put on by Spirit of '76.

    I asked Jonah to share his thoughts on the experience:

    "It was a great convention; the Bayfront Convention Center, located in beautiful Erie, PA, proved to be a most-accommodating venue for this year's NFA Expo. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet face-to-face with both existing and potential customers, as well as other members of the pyrotechnic industry. With a full table of Cobra gear on display at the Trade Show, we were able to provide full product demonstrations, answer questions, and gather feedback, which is vital to our company and our development of new products and features. We were also able to provide on-site technical support for the Ohio Pyrotechnic Arts Guild's public display at the Lake Erie Speedway, which used a total of 90 channels. On the whole, it was a great experience, and we look forward to attending next year's convention!"

    2018 South American Games! - Aug. 21st 2018

    2018 South American Games!

    August 21st 2018

    This summer, one of our Bolivian clients, Leonardo Mauricio Zelaya Salinas, along with the Fireworks Group Bolivia, planned, designed and executed the pyrotechnic ceremonies for the 2018 South American Games, held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We were lucky enough to spot the post on facebook and give this display the proper attention it deserves!

    The South American Games are a regional multi-sport event featuring participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The first games were held in La Paz, Bolivia in 1978. Since then, they have been held every four years. The competitions are similar to what you would see in the Olympic Games, encompassing various sports from disciplines such as aquatics, cycling, football, gymnastics, roller sports, volleyball, and others. This year Columbia placed first, followed by Brazil, and Venezuela in third.

    Leo was generous enough to provide some insight on the equipment he used for these displays, as well as some video footage. The upper video is a video of the ceremonies themselves, and the lower video is a short documentary they produced chronicling their journey to make these shows a reality.

      Shooter Company 18R2 Control Panel Audio Box Modules
    South American Games (ODESUR) Cochabamba 2018 - Bolivia Leonardo Mauricio Zelaya Salinas Fireworks Group Bolivia 2 No 2 Opening Ceremonies - 22, Closing Ceremonies - 13

    MahdFireworks Summer Showcase! - Jul. 2nd 2018

    Mahd Fireworks Summer Showcase!

    Jul. 2nd 2018

    In May, one of our European dealers, Stephan Stotz, along with Allan Madsen and Mahd Fireworks participated in the annual Sternencup, or StarsCup. StarsCup is a German fireworks competition hosted by SternenGalerie. Every year pyrotechnicians from SternenGalerie form into 5 small teams of 6 to 8 people each to create a 5 minute pyromusical. Each team is given the same budget and timeframe to design the show. Teams compete for both the Jury Award, and the Audience Choice Award. this year the Jurys Award was won by Team Dänemark!

    Sternengalerie is one of the biggest wedding fireworks companies in Europe, with over 400 weddings shot each year. Most of these events take place in Germany, but they also shoot in France, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark. Around 70% of these shows are shot using COBRA!

    We were also lucky enough to have Allan Madsen from Mahd Fireworks send us another video of a show they put on in Bohmte, Germany for Götter Dämmerung. Götter Dämmerung is an event held annually in Germany, hosted by Explosive Arts. Each year they invite a display company from another country to perform with them. This year they chose Allan Madsen and Mahd Fireworks and boy they did not disappoint!

      Shooter Company 18R2 Control Panel Audio Box Modules
    Team Dänemark Magnus Glumsø Mahd Fireworks 1 Yes Yes 39
    Great Balls of Fire! Allan Madsen and Henrik Diekmann Mahd Fireworks 1 Yes Yes 38

    Da Nang International Fireworks Festival! - Jun. 14th 2018

    Da Nang International Fireworks Festival!

    May. 14th 2018



    In late May Joel took a long submarine trip to Da Nang, Vietnam to join Team USA, along with Atlas Pyrovision for the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF).

    DIFF is an international fireworks competition that is held in Da Nang Vietnam, in spring since, 2008. From 2011 to 2017, it was a bi-annual event, but from 2018 going forward, it will be held annually. The first DIFF had only four competitors and a very small crowd. Today, the event has grown to accommodate seating for over 30,000 viewers, as well as thousands more that watch from various parts of the city, including hotels, rooftops, and boats.

    The shoot site is on the banks of the Hàn River, with the crowd on the Eastern side of the audience, and the pyrotechnics on the western side. The theme of this year was “The Legend of Bridges”.  The competition featured eight different competitors from eight different countries.

    We are proud to announce that Team USA has beaten 6 of the other 8 competitors and is proceeding to the final round, on June 30th, against Team Italy. Check out the video on the right to view the incredible display that pushed Atlas into the final two!

      Display Company 18R2 Time Code Control Panel Channels
    Bridges of Friendship Atlas Pyrotechnics 2 Yes Yes 195

    All of the below pictures were taken by the on-site photography crew at DIFF. Larger versions of all of these and more can be found at their facebook page.



    El Volcan Spotlight! - Apr. 2nd 2018

    El Volcan Spotlight!

    Apr. 2nd 2018

    We wanted to take a moment to highlight some incredible shows by one of our longstanding clients, El Volcan. El Volcan designs and puts on many shows across Mexico and Latin America. Their shows often feature large, elaborate set pieces, tightly timed ground effects, unique parabolic comets, and exquisite layering.

    The first video is a short pyro musical set to, "Bohemian Rhapsody". This is a 360 video!

    The second video contains a few excerpts from a show put on in Jocotepec Jalisco. Check out the set pieces!

    The third video really showcases El Volcans beautiful comet work and layering.

    The fourth video includes some really neat chases.


    Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship! - Mar. 29th 2018

    Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship!

    Mar. 29th 2018

    Red Bull Crashed Ice is a world tour of a winter extreme sporting event, ice cross downhill, which involves downhill skating in an urban environment on a track with steep turns and high vertical drops. It is similar to ski cross and snowboard cross, except with ice skates on an ice track.

    This year Rick Simpson, of Aerial Fireworks, was given the opportunity to provide the pyrotechnics for the event.

    Rick used 9 18Ms and an 18R2 to fire this event, which was split into 4 segments. There was a kick off, final four contestant introductions, finish line award presentation, and a 4 minute designed finale display. The 4 minute display was fully scripted, while the other events were step fired manually.

    We reached out to Rick to share his thoughts on the event, this is what he had to say:

    What an amazing event! Aerial Fireworks got the opportunity to provide the pyro and fireworks for the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2018 World Championships. I am so proud of our amazing crews and volunteers who made this possible with 3 days notice. We have the best in the business!

    Cobra has definitely become our system of choice, we have also recently added numerous 18R2, 36Ms, 18Ms, and audio boxes to give us 5 systems capable of shooting over 1000 cues. Thank you to Scott Smith and all the gang at Cobra. As a fireworks company shooting over 100 shows per year, we rely heavily on our firing systems and chose Cobra to replace our existing Pyrosure, Firelinx, FireOne and Pyromate systems for their reliability, durability, and simplicity. We have fired numerous shows in minus 39 degrees celsius (-36 F) and are pleased to report 100 % firing results.


    El Volcan at the International Fair of Pyrotechnics! - Nov. 6th 2017

    El Volcan at the International Fair of Pyrotechnics!

    Nov. 2nd 2017

    The National Pyrotechnic Festival, which takes place in  Tultepec, Mexico, is an annual event to promote the country's tradition of production and use of fireworks.  The main event, a parade of "toritos" or bull-shaped frames with fireworks on them, began in the mid 19th century. The modern national festival began in 1989 and includes various events including fireworks competitions, but the main event remains that of the toritos, with about 250 "running" along the streets of Tultepec in 2013. The National Pyrotechnic Festival lasts for seven days and attracts more than 100,000 visitors to the area.

    There are three main events along with amusement rides, concerts, dancing, and regional food. These events are split between the town center of Tultepec and the fairgrounds in the San Antonio Xahuento neighborhood

    The first of the main events is a contest of "castillos". Castillos are frames made of wood, reed and paper to which various fireworks are affixed. These fireworks are set off to make images and/or parts of the castillo structure move. The castillos created for this event measure between twenty five and thirty meters, requiring about fifteen days to build. When set off, they take between twenty and thirty minutes to go through all of their features

    The second, oldest and most important event is the "pamplonada." Named after the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, these "little bulls" or "toritos" are also fireworks frames. These frames are made of wood, reed, and paper mache. They can measure anywhere from 20 inches to over 10 feet in height. The larger toritos are made by groups of thirty to forty people because of the cost and can have as many as 4,000 fireworks on them The toritos are giving names such as El Chico, Sagitario Toro Maya and Monster. In the 2013 event, over 250 of these toritos were registered to participate. The toritos are paraded on March 8, in honor of John of God, the patron saint of fireworks makers. The toritos proceeds over the various streets of Tultepec, setting off their fireworks for five to six hours until they arrive to the main plaza of the town.

    The last of the major event is also a contest. This contest involves performances that combine fireworks and music. El Volcan, competes in this competition every year, and has won several times.


    Selstar Wins First Place at British Fireworks Championship! - Nov. 1st 2017

    Selstar Wins First Place at British Fireworks Championship!

    Nov. 2nd 2017

    The British Firework Championships is an annual competition held since 1997 in Plymouth, England, every August, where judges review fireworks displays from professional fireworks companies and select the best examples.The competition rules place restrictions on budget, duration and amount of product that can be used for each display. It is watched by more than 200,000 people.

    This year, for the second time, the winner was Selstar Fireworks with a phenomenal show. Congrats Selstar!

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    British Fireworks Championship Winner Iain Keightley Selstar Fireworks 2 Yes 71

    Spirit of '76 in the Sky at PGI - Nov. 1st 2017

    Spirit of '76 in the Sky at PGI!

    Nov. 1st 2017

    Founded in 1987 by John Bechtold, Spirit of ’76 fireworks is one of the premier fireworks wholesalers in the United States. With two warehouses located in Missouri and Pennsylvania, they ship effects as small as sparkers, and as large as 500 gram cakes, to all 48 contiguous states.

    Not only does Spirit excel at pyrotechnic distribution, they also have an incredibly talented team of shooters that put on amazing shows. We were lucky enough to be at PGI this year to not only offer on-site assistance, but also sit back and enjoy the flawlessy fired show!

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    Dance the Night Away Dan Haines Spirit of '76 1 1 Yes 81
    Firestone Miranda Pagoada Spirit of '76 1 1 Yes 69

    MoPyro Wins First Place at Pyromania 2017 - Oct. 14th 2017

    MoPyro Wins First Place at Pyromania 2017!

    Oct. 14th 2017

    Pyromania is the biggest fireworks display in the Midwest. Occurring every fall, the display, or series of displays, sometimes as many as 10, take place over a 2 hour period. This is one of the few large pyrotechnic competitions in the US that allows professional effects, shells up to 12”, and gasoline fireballs. Attendance is usually over 5,000.

    This winner of the 2017 Pro Am Competition was Jeff Taylor and his crew from MoPyro. Jeff and his crew wired up 493 cues over 20 modules, and the show fired flawlessly. Congrats Jeff!

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    Pro Am Entry #3 Jeff Taylor MoPyro 1 1 Yes 29

    Sirotechnics Wins First Place at British Musical Fireworks Championship - Sept. 30th 2017

    Sirotechnics Wins First Place at British Musical Fireworks Championship!

    Sept. 30th 2017

    Set in the beautiful Victoria Park, the British Musical Fireworks Championship is a firework competition spread across three nights, in which seven competitors battle it out to be crowned the ultimate winner.

    Over three nights, they had seven competitors each firing a 16 -18 minute display.  A panel of professional judges, who collectively have designed shows for high profile stars such as; Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Queen, will judge each display before announcing the winner on the final evening.

    This year, seven previous winners went head to head to be crowned the ultimate 'Champion of Champions'. Sirotechnics Fireworks took the ultimate crown with their stunning display and creative lancework, including a zombie during a Michael Jackson song. Congrats Sirotechnics!

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    Champions of Champions Simon Harding Sirotechnics 1 1 Yes 90 Yes