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Flash Pots
« on: Jun 10, 2007, 07:29 pm »
Hi All,

My director has decided that he would like to use flash pots for our current production of The Secret Garden. We are in an outdoor venue and I'm contacting the fire marshal this week to find out if we are allowed to do it. Does anyone have any recommendations. There will be at least 4 needed per show, and we have 11 shows, so I would like them to not be the disposable kind. We also don't have much money to spend on them, but I want them quality so that people don't get hurt, and they go off when they're supposed to. What I'm looking for is brand suggestions, any help?

Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Flash Pots
« Reply #1 on: Jun 10, 2007, 10:31 pm »
Le Maitre. Excellent quality. Reasonable price.

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Re: Flash Pots
« Reply #2 on: Jun 17, 2007, 02:24 am »
just make sure you have all the proper fire equip casue we hadd a flash pot once and the outside can caught on fire and I had to run onstage and put it out
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Re: Flash Pots
« Reply #3 on: Jun 18, 2007, 09:17 am »
Le Maitre. Excellent quality. Reasonable price.


I concur- Le Maitre are the biggest 'bang' for your buck.

I hope you have a rather long lead-time pre-performance...

We've got an 8 to 10 week lead-time for pyro of any kind in Birmingham, now. YUCK!

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Re: Flash Pots
« Reply #4 on: Jun 20, 2007, 05:29 pm »
Le Matrie is a good brand, I've used it love it ect.. You may also want to look at Pyropak though.  I have used that more than Le Matrie and have had no problems.  Also rule of thumb for pyro is that the effect MUST be done by a properly trained pyrotechnician, and that you keep the effect at least 15' from any curtains, persons, scenery, ect... Also the fire marshal will tell you as much, but ALWAYS keep at least one fire extinguisher manned and ready at both sides of stage, and that fire personal must be present for each time the effect is used.  Thats what will KILL the budget for your effect.  If I may ask where are you doing this effect? (City/State/Country) That will effect how hard it will be to be approved for the effect. 
If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.  If I don't know the answer I know people who do.

Hope all goes well!

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Re: Flash Pots
« Reply #5 on: Jun 21, 2007, 08:52 am »
Make sure you have a dealer in state and/or a licensed pyrotechnician -- getting pyro across state lines if you don't have a licensed technician is difficult (if not illegal) without all the proper paperwork (which can take a while to square away).  You will also have to obtain a pyro permit (from either the fire department or your city hall).

We order everything from a company called Luna Tech, but they are located in-state.
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Re: Flash Pots
« Reply #6 on: Jun 23, 2007, 03:50 pm »
Emily, the sales rep for your area is:
Ian Forster
ian.forster@ lemaitrefx.com
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Tel. 519.951.3360
Toll Free. 866.534.6662
(remove the space in the e-mail address)
Philip LaDue
Shore Production Group LLC
IATSE Local #21 Newark, NJ

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