Last Updated: 
July 22nd, 2006


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This site is all about the fascinating world of fireworks, both the kind consumers can buy and the types used by professionals.  Use the navigation bars on the left to access the many different sections of this site. 

The Fireworks Info section on the right is filled with some basic information about fireworks, including the history of fireworks, some frequently asked questions, a list of books and videos, photo gallery, and the largest online glossary of firework terms!

The Consumer Fireworks section to the left has great information on the type of fireworks that can be sold to the public.  Under General Information, you can learn about the different types of consumer fireworks, how they work, how to use them, your state fireworks laws, and so on.  

Tired of spending your 4th of July lighting one boring fountain after another?  Why not create Your Own Display using consumer fireworks?  Here you can find out everything you need to know to put on a great neighborhood display for the 4th of July or any other occasion that will rival professional displays!  You'll learn how to make black match fuse, quick match, waterfalls, and other neat consumer fireworks devices, as well as detailed, illustrated instructions that show you how to make mortar shell racks and even your own electrical firing system!  You'll also learn general show planning tips, how to effectively use different types of fuse, and how to use an electrical firing system to put on an intense and beautiful fireworks display!

In the Display Fireworks area, you can learn about the bigger fireworks used by professionals and see how a professional display is put together.

In the Pyro Science section, you can learn about the science behind the chemical reactions in fireworks.  Learn how fireworks are made and what is used to make them, how the different colors are created, and how all of your favorite fireworks effects work - such as whistles, hummers, and strobes.  Below that is a chemical glossary where you can read about all of the different chemicals used in fireworks. 

If you're looking for a place to buy fireworks, check out the Online Firework Stand - a directory of fireworks dealers.  You may also want to take a look at the Pyro Universe Store, where you can buy mortar tubes as well as cool "Pyro" t-shirts.  



Notice - this is NOT the place to learn how to make M-80s and other such explosives.  See this page for more info.  Be sure to read the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.  By using information from this site, you agree to accept the terms outlined in the disclaimer below. 





The purpose of this site is to provide educational information on fireworks and to promote their safe use.  The information on this site is for informational and educational purposes only.  The diagrams and procedures on this web site are simply to show the viewer how fireworks function and how they should be used properly.  There are absolutely NO instructions on this site for making bombs or other devices intended to be used to cause injury, death, and destruction.  Viewers are cautioned that they must form their own opinion as to the application of anything found on this web site.  Fireworks are hazardous devices that must be handled with care and used with common sense to avoid injury.  The author of Pyro Universe does not advocate the use of fireworks for illegal, unsafe, disruptive, or destructive purposes.  By reading this, you acknowledge that the author takes no responsibility for personal injuries, damage, or legal trouble caused by fireworks or the application of any of the materials presented at this site.  No warranties are expressed or implied regarding any information on this web site.  There is no guarantee that any firework or other pyrotechnic device will function exactly as described on this site.  Be aware that the possession and use of fireworks is regulated by federal, state, and local laws.  The reader is solely responsible for observing his/her local laws before using fireworks or applying the information presented at this site.  





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