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pyrotechnic expolision
WW2 grenade explodes in French WW2 building window
Grenade expolision in WW2 French 2nd story window

Extremely advanced technology has now fully pervaded the film industry.  So most modern movies use CGI technology to fulfill much of its explosion-related needs.  However, this sometimes fails to give the desired realistic result that an actual (practical) explosion can deliver.  Hence, when using any practical form of

pyrotechnics many factors, issues and questions must be taken

into consideration. But, are not limited to the following:

  • health & safety issues when using fog, haze, smoke,  open flame effects, “dust” hits/effects, and explosions.
  • All local, state and federal laws
  • general fire danger and current ​risk level
  • noise concerns
  • permits required (if any)
  • insurance (often mandatory)
  • suitability (including:  Practical vs. CGI created)
  • any involvement of talent and/or stunt personnel
  • cost to production/budget
  • possible environmental concerns
  • potential impact to property

Using an untrained amateur or novice, is not only extremely

dangerous to everyone on set, but it can place you and your production into serious financial and/or legal/criminal liability (should any property become damaged or someone is hurt or seriously injured).  Don't take chances   ...Contact us! 

Lawrence of arabia and arab bedouin soldier blowing up a turkish train
Turk artillery expolsion in Wadi Rum Jordan desert


artillery ground explosion and stuntmen in Jordanian desert
Setting a ground charge in Aqaba, Jordan fort

Special effects & Explosions 

Series of mortar explosions in WW2 film

Pyrotechnics have long been an important and thrilling special effects tool in the film industry.  Any fire-related effect seen in the movies falls under pyrotechnics.  From action packed blockbusters, to the most docile of film or TV show, each involve special effects and pyrotechnics.  Birthday cake candles, a tiny camp fire, or even the atmospheric haze of a smokey night club, these are all special effects or pyrotechnic effects.  Planning any production, that will use these effects, requires a very heightened awareness of the safety elements involved, and all the potential hazards. The pyro-technician is responsible for designing and orchestrating all the explosions and/or special effects you see on the screen. 

If a script calls for a explosion and the producer knows the  pyrotechnics will be created on-set, they are required to hire a pyrotechnician (someone who is trained and educated in the science of explosions and fire).  In many states, in order for someone to be qualified as a pyrotechnician, they must complete specific secondary education and sub-specialized courses in addition to training certifications. They also must pass a specific exam and obtain a license, which must then be renewed every one to three years.  Therefore, a film company should NEVER use an unqualified pyrotechnician!   You just can't afford to take risks with anyone's safety!