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Well, I was looking forward to taking more pictures of Saturday's Public Display from across Lake Havasu. However, we learned at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning that the Nautical Inn would not let our members park in their facility. In fact, they threatened to tow them away. (And this, after they advertise our event to fill up their rooms.) It was up to us to warn our own folks (as well as local Lake Havasu Citizens!) to stay out of the Inn's parking. I had volunteered this year to be on staff, and was over at the Inn to try and help cover the parking.

But that would mean no pyro pictures off of the lake. No problem - there will always be next year. But - the fiasco with the Nautical convinced the local Fire Marshal and City Counsel to move Saturday's display back to SARA park. Long story = short? No more pyro reflections on the lake. If you don't like this situation, then you can always thank the Nautical Inn.

You have my permission to use these pictures for your own -personal- use. If you want to publish any, you need to contact me for permission. (Plus, the images have been downsized for the web.) For that matter, if you see a shot you like, let me know and I'll send a full-sized image to you.


Thursday dawned cold and windy - as Chris Spurrell demonstrates proper wear. Manufacturing was challenging that day, to say the least.

Guy Lichtenwalter shows off his stash for the day.

Donn Daly: What could be any better than a couple of 6's in your hands?

As the sun set, the wind abaited a bit - all the way down to about 20 knots. This made for some interesting pictures.

The tendancy is to take this shot and rotate it counter-clockwise 90 degrees - but this is a good shot to show how windy it was.

The wind also made for some very interesting fountain shots.

Micro-bursts in the wind.

Funny how the wind turned an ordinary fountain into something a wee bit more thrilling.

Rising effects were especially subseptable to wind interferrance.

Another fountain 'Vesuvius' effect.

A shot of the C-Line during a Thunder King.

You know when you're a pyro when you're in the fallout with Dragon's Eggs all around you - and you think it's cool.

New possibilities for Flying Fish Fuse - an FFF mine.

The Flying Fish Fuse Mine going off. Everybody thought this was very cool.

Marcy Zurn talking with Joe Madziarczyk, while he adds the lift to his Rondel.

So what is a Rondel? It is an Italian shell that throws out a ring of shots uniformly. The shots are timed to go off with precise timing, tracing the outline of a ring or circle in the sky. A bottom shot is added to the effect - rather E.T.ish on the picture.

Chris Spurrell was there with his colored flaming bowls. (This is the alcohol mix used for ghost mines.)

The firecracker "house" going off.

So what can be better than more pyro? How about more power? Like a jet engine on a trailer with an afterburner? (I didn't get any shots of the green alcohol used in the after burner. Drat.)

A very plesant spread.

Keif wearing the much maligned Lame Duck Hat.

Sunday's business meeting was very well attended. (Watch the newsletter for notes.)

The raffle winner of the Star Rolling machine - Frank Coluccio.

Bill Daly sets off some indoor effects to announce the Life Time Membership Award - given to Bill Daly. (It was a complete surprise to him.)

A couple of firsts - the indoor effects was the first time pyro was set off outside of SARA or the Point. With the smoke machine, it was also the first time the fire alarm had been set of in the Aquatic Center at a WPA event.

Jack Davis, with his 4lb and 6lb whistle rocket motors, in front of some of my 3lb BP rockets.

Lots of firecrackers seemed to be the order of the event.

"Why we have blast shields"

One of Gary Burg's "Blue Whizzies" trying to go off.

Bruce Stydling - with one of his 60lb BP rockets. Funny, you can't help but smile when he pulls one of those out of the box.

You just can't help but peek round the blast shield.

One thing about doing this event in the AZ desert - you just can't beat the sunsets.

So we show up to paint the sky, and God says "Oh yeah? Beat this."

One of Bruce's 20lb BP rockets at lift off.

Sunday evening proved to be a perfect night for pyro. (I was running around - didn't have the remote shutter release.)

Sunday night show - seen from the B-Rocket line.

More Sunday night show

A very nice brochade.

At the end of the night, this 12" shell-of-shells was launched.

Not to be out-done, a second 12" shell-of-shells was launched. Very nice!

Last shot of the night - a 16" Brochade (with a salute tossed in for luck.) This shell belonged to Rich Vidmar - a fitting ending of a wonderfull event.

Monday's burn pile, er burn pit. Looks innocent enough, unless you take into account all the caution tape.

The spectator gallery was well back from the burn area.

It started out with the appropriate bangs.

And then built up to a nice crescendo.

Just about this time, it starts to burn down and you think "Oh well, looking forward to next year."

Then something goes off at the bottom of the pile.

Then something else goes off - again, from the bottom.

Multi-break bottom shot? You just never know. (Good shot of why we did this in a pit. Still was a hastle to clean up.)

This year's event was one of the best ever. Lots of product in the air, good camaraderie, nice experiments. So the first day was a blow out (quite literally), but this IS the desert - and it always does everything in extremes. Here's looking forward to next years event! (President's day weekend. Hey - Valentines is the weekend previous to that one!)

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