Event Procedures

General Safety & Conduct

Bunker Policy

Safety Policy

Access to Sara Park

Layout of Sara Park

Gate Policy

WASP Policy

Member Showcase

Please note, the rules and the procedures of the event are subject to change at anytime. 

Procedures

 

Procedures for 1.3g (Class B) product sales, storage and disposition

Not necessarily in that order

  1. Member pre-orders and pre-pays, product from vendor before the event.
  2. Vendor and member retrieve product from Vendor’s magazine located next to the main magazine.
  3. Member (and vendor or WWB Staff) accompanies product to the main magazine (manned by full-time WWB Security Staff).
  4. Member gives vendor paperwork to magazine staff for magazine record/logs.
  5. PLEASE endeavor to pick up and bring your purchase to the magazine between 10am and 3pm.
  6. All purchasers of class B shall be required to serve one shift at the magazine.
  7. Members will only be issued one wristband by the Health Check staff.  There will be no shooters wristband
  8. Members that have no experience firing 1.3 fireworks must attend a Class B Safety Class* and obtain approval stamp. (Held at the Safety Tent – see the program schedule for details).

*A member may be excused from attending the Class B Safety Class and receive the validation sticker by showing the Safety Chairman a PGI ™ Shooter’s Certification card, a Commercial Pyrotechnician’s License, or other suitable proof of competency to shoot B product. This can be done prior to the Class B Safety Class at the Safety Tent. Notwithstanding credentials presented by the member, the Safety Chairman will determine whether or not the member needs to attend the seminar to obtain the authorization sticker. All records must be accurate at all times, and maintained in the notebooks. The decision of the Safety Chairman, Convention Chairmen, and WPA BOD is final on all matters relating to shooting of 1.3g (Class B) product by members during Winter Blast.

General Conduct and Safety

 

  1. No Class A or other High Explosives, or gasoline or other flammable liquids can be used for any type of pyrotechnic effect, without the approval of at least two WPA officers and the convention Chairman.
  2. Absolutely no live material is to be compounded or discharged outside of SARA park. All such activities are confined to the shooting site. No Exceptions!
  3. Directives of the safety personnel are to be obeyed immediately. Please do not argue with the safety personnel if you are asked to do something. If you disagree with their directive, take it up later with a WPA officer.
  4. Be prudent in your trading and collecting. The best place to do this is at the Shooting Site. Brandishing your wares around the parking lot or through the halls of the hotels is not a good idea.
  5. Class C devices may only be fired in the designated areas. The Class C areas are well marked and segregated from the other areas.
  6. Please be prompt when attending meetings, seminars and workshops. Those stragglers who saunter in late are disruptive and inconsiderate. We will start on time as much as possible.
  7. Remember, many others will be watching our activities, conduct and actions. You are Professional Pyrotechnicians and should take full responsibility to see to it that we put forward our best image.
  8. Children must be supervised. Any children roaming around the Class C area unattended will be asked to leave. Children under 18 are not allowed in the Class B areas.
  9. Salute restrictions: Maximum size is a 4” round ball shell, or a 4″ diameter cylinder shell containing no more comp than what would be found in a 4″ ball shell salute. For larger salutes, you will need the approval of at least two WPA officers and the convention Chairman. For manufacturing large salutes you will also need the additional approval of the Manufacturing Chairman.
  10. Those who disregard the rules or compromise any aspect of safety will be asked to leave and may also jeopardize their membership. Let’s make this a safe and uneventful convention.

Being under the influence of alcohol or any other mind-altering substance is strictly prohibited anywhere within the controlled area of the shooting site. Any member found in violation will be removed from the shoot site.

Bunker Policy

  1. All pyrotechnic articles must be secured in boxes or containers during transit to and from a bunker or firing line.
  2. Ready boxes located on firing lines will not be used for overnight storage, and will be emptied into the primary bunkers at the conclusion of each night of shooting.
  3. There are 3 bunkers available for storage. Class C product will be stored in the shipping container near the rear gate; Class B rockets and other items manufactured at Winter Blast will be stored in the shipping container near Manufacturing; all B cakes and shells will be stored in the shipping container located north of the B shooting areas. These containers will be monitored by security personnel.
  4. All product will be checked in at the appropriate bunker. Class C product that will be shot immediately can be kept in ready boxes. Class B product purchased under the club’s ATF license must be processed through the magazine located north of the B shooting areas before shooting it. All product stored in the magazines must be logged in. There will be log forms available at each magazine. Each time an item is placed in, or removed from, the magazine, the log form must be updated. All items must be in a cardboard box or other suitable container. Each box of product will have a label with the member’s name and membership number affixed to the outside. Log instructions can be found at the beginning of the log book. Security Staff will update the logs each time you enter, or remove product
  5. Only persons who are listed on the authorized log will be allowed to remove product from their boxes. Persons not authorized on the log will not be allowed to pick up product. The membership number and name appearing on your convention name badge will be used for identification.
  6. Only adults will be allowed to pick up product at the bunkers.
  7. All unattended product will be placed into the appropriate bunker, and disposed of at the end of WWB.

Safety Policy

 

General Shooting Guidelines
For the safety of the club, we will follow all NFPA regulations.

Safety Classes: Safety classes will be taught for both adults and youth. These classes will be mandatory for everyone, regardless of whether you intend to purchase or shoot class B or C product or not.

Class B (1.3g) Shooter’s sticker: This must be obtained from a Safety Staff person, and affixed to your name badge, in order to shoot Class B product. Refer to “Class B Safety Class” information below for requirements and exemptions.

Class C Shooting: All Class C shooting will be done in the Class C areas as marked. There will be safety volunteers at each firing site to observe and assist when necessary. In addition to this there will be a full time safety staff person floating around this area if there are any problems. If anyone under the age of 18 is at the firing line it is mandatory that they have an adult companion with them to guide them. If a child is found without such companionship they will be sent back to the general area and instructed to return only when they have an adult with them. No exceptions will be made.

Class B Safety Class: This is a mandatory class for all new members, Novice pyros, once a year pyros or any pyro who has not had a lot of experience shooting Class B product, or would like to refresh their knowledge for the B-line safety rules. All pyros must obtain a sticker for class B shooting. You will receive a sticker when you attend this class. Only individuals wanting to shoot B product will need to participate in this class.

You are exempt from taking this class if you have any pyro operators license, PGI shooter’s certificate, WPA shooter’s certificate or have a lot of experience hand-firing shells and a licensed operator can vouch for you.

Class B Shooting: In the Class B shooting area you must demonstrate your ability to fire class B product safely. There will be volunteers at each firing site who have Class B safety knowledge and will instruct and assist you if you are not sure of the procedures. We will also have full time safety staff around the Class B shooting area if there are any problems.

Baby B and Experimental Shooting: This area will be set aside for the firing of B cakes, Mines, comets, and experimental products. Experimental products must be cleared with the Safety Chair prior to any discharge.

B Rockets: The B Rockets shooting area will be monitored by full time Safety Staff and will have a volunteer safety there while the Rocket line is open. The firing site for B Rockets is a considerable distance from the firing of B shells as to keep the concerns of shells and rockets pre-igniting one another. No composite fueled rocket motor in excess of 29mm will be allowed.

Shooting gear requirements: All people at the shooting lines will be required to have the following gear on when at the firing ranges: long sleeved shirt, long pants, closed toed shoes, safety glasses. For the B shooting range there will be an additional requirement of a hardhat. Gloves are optional but recommended. All of the clothing should be of a natural fiber, or flameproof fabric, to prevent injuries caused by the clothing melting into the skin in the result of a burn. Hearing protection is highly recommended in all shooting areas. If you do not have the proper type of clothing or gear you will be asked to leave the firing lines and return only when you do.

Ready Boxes: There will be ready boxes available at each of the firing sites. This is to be used for the product that is intended to be shot off in the immediate future. If there is not enough room in the ready box for all of the product, then some of it will have to be returned to the bunker until room is made. If product is left in the ready box past the close of shooting hours it will be returned to the bunker unmarked and fired off by whomever claims it.

Unfired Product: Any product left unfired by the Monday following Winter Blast will be destroyed after the cleanup has finished.

Access to Sara Park

 

General access. Parking is outside of the park and the main access gate is open (unreserved). The public is aware of our convention and will be coming to SARA Park to watch our shows. The City of Lake Havasu will be charging the public for parking in the main lot. You must have the WWB parking pass (issued to you during the registration process) displayed. Do not access SARA Park from the main highway entrance. Enter at South McCulloch Blvd. (by the Ace Hardware Store) and follow the road around the back. You will need both your name badge and parking permit in order to enter the inner gates to Sara Park.

Underage attendees. All Winter Blast attendees that are under the age of 18 shall be in the company of an adult at all times. They will not be permitted into the class B firing lines, and will not be allowed to purchase any product unless accompanied by an adult.
Access to the firing line and purchase of product. Access to the firing lines will only be permitted to those who have attended a safety meeting.

Vehicle Access
Parking Permits: If you will be manufacturing product during WinterBlast, it will be necessary for you to obtain a special parking permit. This permit can be obtained in the Manufacturing area from the Manufacturing Chairman, and will entitle you to drive into and park in the manufacturing area only. Permits are only valid for 1 day, and a new pass must be requested for the following day. Prior to opening the park for Open Shooting, all vehicles must be removed from the manufacturing area and parked outside the gates. Manufacturing hours will be posted on site. If we find this permit being abused we will revoke the permit and your name will be taken down for future parking consideration. Please refer to the Manufacturing Policies for additional information.

Towing Service: There will be a towing service on hand to remove any vehicles that are parked within the gates of Sara Park without the proper permits. This is non-negotiable and the vehicle’s owner will pay the towing expenses.
Transporting of product to bunkers: Transport of Class C product to the bunkers and firing lines will be the responsibility of the person who purchased the product. Bring a hand-truck or cart to move your boxes, as we may not be able to do it for you. Class B product purchased under the Club’s ATFE Permit will be transported and accompanied as described in the Class B procedures article appearing in this program.

Recreational vehicles: No recreational vehicles are to be allowed inside the gates of Sara Park unless they are for the sole use of the full time Winter Blast Staff. This includes but is not limited to ATC’s, ATV’s, dune buggies, bicycles, scooters, etc.

Layout of Sara Park

 

The layout of Sara Park will be determined in coordination with the Safety Chairman, Security Chairman, and Site Chairman. Refer to the map in this Program.

The map is for general reference only, and is not a site plan or to scale.

Safety Crew
There will be full time safety staff members to assist Greg Dandurand (Safety Chair). They are: Lynden King (Safety Co-Chair), Will Pastron, Barry McClain, Bill Ryan, Victor Papini, Darrell Fiss, John Dicks, Richard Begg, Scott Morton and Lee Frechette. The purpose of this is to have one full time staff member in each area. There will be a Safety tent that will be manned by a full time Safety staff person whenever open shooting is in operation. All full time safety personnel will be assigned a radio for the duration of Winter Blast. All full time safety staff will be required to be on duty, have an orange WPA safety hard hat and safety vest on at their assigned area nightly from 5:00 p.m. till close of all lines, or until all members are clear and away from all open shoot sites. These staff members are the safety law. If you are asked to do something differently please comply as they are asking you to do so for a good reason. Please feel free to ask them the reasoning behind the request so you learn and become a safer shooter. 

Volunteer Staff
In addition to the full time safety staff there will also be a volunteer staff. The number of volunteer staff is to be determined by the safety chairman once the final layout of the firing sites is decided.

Check in / check out procedures: Sign up to volunteer at Registration. Volunteer staff members should report to the Safety tent or the Security chairman for assignments, depending upon what they are volunteering for. When their volunteer shift is over the next volunteer who has signed up will replace them in the same manner.

Gate policy

The gate policy is designed to avoid misunderstandings regarding what will and won’t be allowed out of SARA Park. This pertains to anything purchased or acquired within the gates of SARA Park. The WPA’s intent is not to stop anyone from legally purchasing live product on site and legally transporting it off site. Anyone in possession of the proper permits, licenses, and appropriate transportation papers for the State of Arizona and federal regulations for the material in question will be allowed to leave with their live product.

The following items will be allowed out of Sara Park without any paperwork:

  • Visco fuse (all diameters)
  • Time fuse
  • All non-mixed chemicals
  • Pyrotechnic comps/mixtures available via mail order without a permit or
  • sold over the counter for consumer use in Arizona.
  • All inert materials (i.e., paper and plastic products; all printed materials, etc.)
  • Black powder (Quantity of one pound or less per day)
  • Sticky Match (and other 1.4s products)
  • Novelty Items
  • Certain marked 1.4G product, see note below

These items are not allowed through the gate without proper paperwork:

  • Most class C/1.4G and all class B/1.3G firework items. This includes live antique fireworks sold as collectibles.
  • Black powder (Quantities greater than 1lb per day)
  • Quick match
  • Stars and live pyrotechnic inserts (whistles, serpents, small insert shells, lance etc.)
  • Pyrotechnic comps/mixtures not available via mail order without a permit or sold over the counter for consumer use in Arizona.
  • Electric match

Any pyrotechnic item that requires paperwork to purchase and transport outside of WinterBlast will require the same paperwork to leave WinterBlast. As to the inclusion of live antique fireworks sold as collectables, as long as the local, state and federal authorities make no legal and enforcement distinction between these items and other class B and C items, we cannot make the distinction either.

Certain Class C product is permitted to leave the gate, but if it flies, goes off in the sky or goes boom it may not be taken out. Vendors will place a sticker on product pieces that are permitted.

You may not discharge any firework in the Lake Havasu area at this time of year.

WASP Rules

The WASP belongs to the WPA. You must replace anything you break.

Do not make any non-standard (i.e.: welding, cutting, bending, etc.) adjustments or modifications to the physical portions of the WASP.

Do not make any programming changes to the computer program of the WASP. If it is acting up, ask the manufacturing chair or a BOD member for help. You are responsible for restoring the programming should you make any unauthorized changes.

You are to buy your own tape.

You must stay with your shells as they are being pasted to monitor and make adjustments as needed.

You must clean up after yourself. (Your mom doesn’t work here).

Be Safe. There doesn’t have to be 100 12 inch shells stacked like Civil War cannon balls waiting around the machine.

Talk to the others who will use the WASP and work out a schedule. Don’t bring over 3 inch when everyone else is pasting 6 inch and vice-versa. You all are over 18 and paying your own bills. Be nice.

Appropriate staff and BOD reserve the right to shut down all WASP operations due to safety issues, weather, acts of God, etc.

Member Showcase

Showcase Timeline:

Deadline to sign up and reserve a spot Saturday 02.19.22  12:00 pm (sign-up sheets in manufacturing day box)
Deadline to apply for approval (rockets and non-shell devices): Saturday 02.19.22  12:00 pm (drop form in envelope in manufacturing day box)
Deadline to deliver product Sunday 02.20.22  12:00 pm (deliver to manufacturing day box)
  1. Maximum of 2 items per person, additional items may be approved at discretion of showcase staff.
  2. Items must be manufactured. No shell-of-shells using pre-purchased shells, no purchased rocket motors, etc.
  3. Items must be COMPLETE and ready to load by the deadline. This means: all shells must have a securely attached leader that is long enough to be used to drop the shell, or if the shell is ematched directly to the lift you must add a drop rope.
  4. Items completed early should be stored in the mfg day box in boxes clearly labeled “Showcase”
  5. This will be an electrically fired show. Do not attach visco. You may ematch your own shells if you wish, otherwise we will ematch them for you. We can provide you with an ematch if you do not have one. If you ematch your item, do not remove the shroud from the match head please. Do not submit rockets with visco attached: ask Bill if you need help to ematch your rockets.
  6. LABEL YOUR DEVICE: with your name and the description of the effect; this info should match what you put on the sign up sheets. Labels will be provided in the mfg day box (use packing tape provided so labels don’t fall off).
  7. Items that are not provided by the deadline in the condition described above may not be included in the showcase; it is your responsibility to come find your item after the showcase if it is not fired and dispose of it properly.
  8. For cylinder shells please clearly mark which direction the shell should be loaded.
  9. If you are on the fence about participating, it is best to sign up and then erase your name later if you change your mind; unanticipated last minute entries are more difficult to accommodate than withdrawals.

Shells:  Space for shells requiring steel guns and shells 8” and over may become limited so please try to sign up by the end of the day on Saturday.

Rockets: Every rocket must be approved by the manufacturing chair. Fill out a request for approval form and submit to the mfg chair on or before 12:00 pm Saturday. We may not be able to accommodate requests submitted after this time. You will be given specific directions about fusing your device upon receiving approval. Deliver your labeled device to the manufacturing day box on or before 12:00 pm Sunday.

Other Items: All other devices must be approved by the safety chair or designate. List your item and info on the sign up sheet in the mfg day box on or before 12:00 pm Saturday. We may not be able to accommodate requests submitted after this time. You will be given specific directions about fusing your device upon receiving approval. Deliver your labeled device to the manufacturing day box on or before 12:00 pm Sunday.