The Pyrotechnics Industry
A Short Guide to Selected Resources
Business Reference Services
Below are listed several selected sources for locating information
on the pyrotechnics or fireworks industry. For information
on the science of fireworks, see the links on the Library's Science
Reference Services web page.
Online Resources Print
Fireworks: NOVA Online
Fireworks: NOVA Online is produced for PBS by the WGBH
Science Unit. Wideranging site covering history and science
of pyrotechnics, along with new high tech advances, Includes
a teacher’s guide.
Pyrotechnics Guild International
The site of Pyrotechnics Guild International, an independent
worldwide nonprofit organization of amateur and professional
fireworks enthusiasts. Site includes history of fireworks,
fireworks safety guidelines, along with links to fireworks
associations, journals, display operators, clubs, and manufacturers
Fireworks at Washington Monument, ca. 1950.
from the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection (Library of Congress)
Reproduction number: LC-H8-CT-F02-001-A
American Pyrotechnics Association
According to its mission statement, the American Pyrotechnics
Association, the major US fireworks trade association, encourages
safety in the design and use of all types of fireworks, provides
industry information, and promotes responsible regulation of the
fireworks industry. The site includes links to state laws relating
to the sale and use of fireworks, as well as links to other associations
and US government agencies concerned with safety issues related
to the manufacture, transportation, or use of fireworks, As announced
on its website and that of the Occupational
Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the APA partnered
in June 2004 with the OSHA “to provide training and education
on fireworks issues. The Alliance will help provide guidance and
share APA's best practices for manufacturing, transportation, storage,
sale, and use of commercial display fireworks, and the retail sale
of consumer fireworks.”
“American Pyrotechnics Association Joins OSHA in
Alliance.” News Release. June 9, 2004. U.S. Department
of Labor . Occupational Safety and Health Administration
http://www.americanpyro.com/pdf/APA-OSHA_Alliance.pdf (PDF format: 15.37 KB/1 p.)
Text of press release signed on June 9, 2004, by the American
Pyrotechnics Association (APA) and the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA), creating a formal Alliance “to
provide APA members and others with information, guidance and access
to training resources to ensure workers’ safety and health
when working with commercial display and consumer fireworks.”
OSHA Assistance for the Pyrotechnics Industry.
US Dept. Of Labor. Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
Developed as part of the newly established Alliance between the American Pyrotechnics
Association and OSHA, the initial emphasis on these pages are on common hazards
and solutions in the retail sale and display of pyrotechnics. Issues in the
manufacture and transport of these devices are not currently addressed.
Explosives & pyrotechnics by Project director,
Teresa L. Hayes ; corporate researcher, Kelly Weinberger.
Cleveland, OH : Freedonia Group, Inc., 1998.
LC Call Number: HD9663.U62 E87
LC Catalog Record: 2004208794
International fireworks trade directory. Dingmans
Ferry, PA : American Fireworks News, c1995 - to date.
LC Call Number: HD9660.F52 I58
LC Catalog Record: 96648027
The illustrated dictionary of pyrotechnics by
K.L. and B.J. Kosanke ; Ettore Contestabile, senior editor and
contributor ; other contributors, Scot Anderson ... [et al.]. Whitewater,
CO : Journal of Pyrotechnics, c1995.
LC Call Number: TP300 .K67 1995
LC Catalog Record: 2001515641
Safety of reactive chemicals and pyrotechnics by
Tadao Yoshida, Yuji Wada, Natalie Foster, with the assistance of
Bruce J. Thomson, Jinhua Peng, Yuhua Yu. HannŻosei kagaku busshitsu
to kakŻohin no anzen. English Amsterdam : New York : Elsevier,
LC Call Number: T55.3.H3 Y6813 1995
LC Catalog Record: 95045227
Zambelli, the first family of fireworks : a story of global success by Gianni DeVincent Hayes. Forest Dale, Vt. : Paul S. Eriksson, c2003. 171 p.
LC Call Number: TP300 .D48 2003
LC Catalog Record: 98022327
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