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Posted by Kevin Rath (Import) on 20 August 2009 04:44 AM
American Pyrotechnics Assoc.
Julie Heckman, (301) 907-8181
The APA is the premier trade association of the fireworks industry.  The APA was founded in 1948 with three principle aims:  to encourage safety in the design and use of all types of fireworks; to provide industry information and support to our members; and to promote responsible regulation of the fireworks industry.
Bluegrass Pyrotechnics Guild
Ned Gorski, (513) 947-8332
Brian Lynch, (812) 637-0755
The BPG was founded in the mid-'90s, and we have members from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and other neighboring states. Our membership includes both professional and amateur pyro enthusiasts who get together 8-10 times a year for meetings/shoots/seminars/safety trainings. We welcome anyone who is interested in the art of fireworks.
Connecticut Pyrotechnics Assoc.
Alfred Rose, (860) 442-1602
Sean Malley, (860) 669-5674
The CPA was formed in 1986 when several members got together at the PGI Convention. We have owner/operators, operators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts in our organization. Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month except July and August when we are doing shows or going to the PGI convention.
Crackerjacks Fireworks Club
Pete Hengen
Larry Maske, (301) 775-8466
The Crackerjacks was established in 1976 as a fireworks club on the East Coast. Our members consist of both professional and hobbyist enthusiasts. We have 3 major shoots each year. We also get together for seminars, meetings, and parties. New members must be approved by the board, but everyone is welcome to apply.
Heartland Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Shawn Ashbaugh
Heartland Pyrotechnics Assoc., Inc., (HPA) is a non-profit organization started in 1988 by individuals that love fireworks. HPA encourages the safe use, and legal use of fireworks through the sharing of knowledge. Membership is comprised of many facets - fireworks enthusiasts, professionals, and people that simply just enjoy watching fireworks. HPA operates mainly in Tri-State area of northern IN, but has shoots in southwest MI and the mid-northern IL areas. HPA offers a safe and legal way to display all types of fireworks.
Iowa Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Scott Anderson
Jim Breitbach
A Non-Profit Organization dedicated to safe, legal and artistic pyrotechnic operation within the state of Iowa and surrounding states. The club aids the development of its membership through training, demonstration and the exchange of information. The IPA holds bi-monthly meetings, sends out a newsletter to members and holds several club shoots each year including the annual, community co-sponsored “Boomtown – TNT on 218” event in Vinton, Iowa.
Junior Pyrotechnics Assoc.
A.J. Divis
Tyler Hedges
The JPA is an international organization that is composed of minors who have their interests in fireworks and cannot be full adult members of the PGI.  The JPA is associated with the PGI, and thus holds conventions at the same time and place as the PGI, where we present a fireworks display.
Missouri Pyrotechnics Assoc.
Noel Zimmerman, (314) 961-5636
Kent Zimmerman, (314) 631-2424
MoPyro was founded to give fireworks enthusiasts in Missouri and Illinois a local club. We promote the safe, sane and legal use of fireworks. The club is filled with members from the interested novice all the way to owner operators and past PGI Grand masters.
Michigan Pyrotechnics Art Guild
Aaron Enzer, (734) 428-0900
The Michigan Pyrotechnic Arts Guild is a club largely comprised of shell builders and people that love to shoot fireworks. We usually have 5 shoots per year allowing members to bring and shoot fireworks. The club serves the Great Lakes Region.
New Hampshire Pyrotechnics Assoc. Dave Pierson, (978) 897-9729
New England Club dedicated to the safe, artful, and lawful training and use of pyrotechnics.
Northern Lighters
Paul Marchio
Webmasters McGrath and Wolf

>Northern Lighter Pyrotechnics, Inc. is a Minnesota based non-profit corporation formed for the purposes of promoting the safety, skill and artistry in pyrotechnics through education, research and providing the public with opportunities to enjoy well presented firework displays. We are one of the oldest all-volunteer fireworks clubs in the United States with formal incorporation dating to 1977

Northern Lights Pyros Club
Patrick C. Sullivan, (508) 353-9900
Brett Hallden, (860) 982-2341

An organization made up of members from across New England and the Tri-State Area as well as from around the world. Our mission is to promote a safe and legal passion, more commonly known as the pyrotechnic arts. Envisioned in 2006 and formed during the summer of 2007, we are one of the youngest clubs on the block, but we’re catching up. From our humble beginnings as a group of strangers shooting fireworks on a beach, we have grown into a tight knit group of friends, bound together by a common love.

Northwest Pyrotechnic Arts Assoc.
Scott Willis
Ric Wunn, (360) 624-1684
The NWPAA is a local club located in the Northwestern United States that is oriented toward fireworks safety, education, and display. The organization’s mission is to provide its members and northwest communities with opportunities to experience firsthand, the thrill and beauty of fireworks.
Ohio Pyrotechnic Arts Guild
Doug Blue, (740) 253-1759
Doris Rapp, (740) 947-2810
The Ohio Pyrotechnic Arts Guild (OPAG) began in 1997 when a group of interested PGI members met to discuss the possibility of forming a club in Ohio. We're a small group, with members mainly from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. New members are welcome!
Oregon Fireworks Assoc.
Daniel Tanner, (541) 744-1406
Focusing on the legal aspects of pyrotechnics in Oregon
Pennsylvania Pyrotechnic Artists
Howard W. Fry, (814) 659-7201
Greg Huntzinger, (717) 697-3486
The Pyro Artists is a non-profit organization that provides its members a means to use and enjoy fireworks legally and safely, to share their experience and further their pyrotechnic knowledge. We are a small, personable group, with most of our members living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. We welcome anyone who is interested in promoting and practicing the responsible use and enjoyment of the various forms of the pyrotechnic arts.
Prairie Thunder Pyro
Hans J. Miller, (651) 295-2403
Dan Muzzey, (218) 331-0499
a group of fireworks entuhusiasts based in Fargo, ND. Our mission is to educate our members, the public, media, and govenrment entities, in the safe and artistic use of all types of pyrotechnics. We welcome all types of fireworks lovers ranging from children who awe at the color and sound in the sky, to the Old Snorts who are here to guide us through our journey into pyro bliss.
Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas
Texas Fire Ants
Ken Barton
PAT was formed in 1997 as an IRS certified Not-for Profit Texas Membership Corporation. We presently offer training and state approved signoff programs in the use of 1.3G fireworks as well as family involvement with 1.4G material. We hope to soon have a Texas manufacturer's license to be able to build within our club. We currently meet 3 times a year Near Houston, Dallas-Ft Worth, and Temple, TX.
Rocky Mountain Pyrotechnics Guild
Steve & Micki McDanal
Stumptown Shooters
Gene Zdrazil, (319) 629-5162
Mark Woodburn (319) 631-0223
“Organically generated” is the best way to describe how this club came to be in the mid 1990’s. A rather unorthodox and informal group of smoke-smellers from across Iowa and surrounding states that will go just about anywhere to shoot fireworks, the Stumptown Shooters Pyrotechnic Club of River Junction, Iowa is dedicated to furthering pyrotechnic safety and artistry while educating the public, the media, code enforcement officials and legislators on the safe and legal uses of fireworks. The Stumptown membership strongly supports the PGI Display Operator Certification Program. Many of its members are certified trainers and the group holds PGI Certification courses several times a year. Please check our website for details on classes and general information on “all things pyro”.
Western New York Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Bob Leo, (585) 826-4921
Jeff Staskiewicz, (585) 343-9118
WNYPA was formed in 1992 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1995. The organization is composed of shooters from various companies, distributors, manufacturers, importers, display company owners, and people who "just love fireworks"! Our main objectives are to teach, to learn and to have fun, safely. Our meetings are held the second Thursday of the Month, usually in Orchard Park, NY. We strive to have 3-4 family style fireworks picnics each year. For more information, feel free to contact us!
Western Pyrotechnic Assoc.
Russ Laurie, (661) 297-0259
Tom Calderwood
The Western Pyrotechnic Assoc. or WPA is a non-profit group of fireworks professionals and hobbyists. We are banded together to promote the enjoyment of fireworks of all types and encourage their safe and legal use. We have two gatherings per year, the Western WinterBlast in Lake Havasu City, AZ over President's Day Weekend and Do-It by the River in Jean, Nevada in October.
Wisconsin Pyrotechnic Arts Guild
Larry Huber, (920) 856-6738
Doug Henderson, (715) 345-1290
The WPAG holds at least four meetings or shoots a year. All or our meetings and shoots are held at a permanent shoot location in central Wisconsin about 20 miles east of Wausau. Format is generally a business meeting in the afternoon, followed by hands-on seminars in the early evening and concluding with several hours of open 1.4G and 1.3G shooting after dark. The WPAG also offers shooter training using the PGI's Display Fireworks Shooter Certification course.
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