Pyrotechnic Operator Training Program Rank 1 Released!

February 18th, 2016 - Press Release

Pyro Spectaculars by Souza and Pyrotechnic Innovations have released the next phase of their cutting edge training program for pyrotechnic operators in the United States.


Pyro Spectaculars by Souza and Pyrotechnic Innovations announced today that the alliance they formed in 2013 to help recruit, train, and retain qualified pyrotechnic operators in the United States has completed the next phase of their revolutionary training program. Building from the online platform that Pyrotechnic Innovations developed, they have produced additional training videos and online content, combining it into a well-organized curriculum, geared towards preparing those who wish to apply for their state issued pyrotechnics license. This is the next step in their industry leading program which utilizes both academic and field exercises to methodically increase the knowledge of each pyrotechnic operator throughout their career in the fireworks industry. Jim Souza, president and CEO of Pyro Spectaculars by Souza tells us, “I’m so excited and optimistic about the next rank of our operator training program. This next rank will help advance the safety training, professionalism, and technical understanding of all pyrotechnic operators. In conjunction to our on-the job training, this program provides a wonderful framework to help a person grow from firework novice to expert. It demonstrates our strong commitment to having the most qualified and safe operators in the industry.”

Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, one of the largest, most respected fireworks display companies in the world, whose show quality, operator knowledge, and safety are already industry leaders, will once again be pushing the envelope. “This level of organized pyrotechnics training is unprecedented in the fireworks industry, enabling our operators to elevate themselves well above what normally constitutes being a licensed pyrotechnic operator,” said Mike Tockstein, owner and operator of Pyrotechnic Innovations.

Increasing skill level for that operator is not their only goal. “Safety of our operators, their crew, and the public is always paramount at our fireworks displays,” says Tockstein. Souza goes on to comment, “With this program, we continue to aim to create a lifecycle which continually trains, updates, and qualifies operators to ensure public safety and outstanding show performance.”

The training program can be accessed by visiting You can apply to become a pyrotechnic apprentice by visiting Pyro Spectaculars by Souza at or Pyrotechnic Innovations at

About Pyro Spectaculars by Souza:
Pyro Spectaculars by Souza is an American pyrotechnics company based in California. Known for designing and producing thousands of fireworks displays every year around the world, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza has been responsible for the special effects at multiple Olympic Games, NFL Super Bowls, MLB World Series and Bowl Championship Series games. In addition, Pyro Spectaculars annually produces the two largest Fourth of July fireworks celebrations in the United States, the Macy*s Fourth of July spectacular in New York and Americafest in Pasadena. By far the largest fireworks company on the West Coast, Pyro Spectaculars produces approximately 400 local fireworks shows over the July 4thholiday. Under the leadership of Jim Souza, Pyro Spectaculars hascontinued to be America’s Premiere Pyrotechnic Production Company, with unmatched experience, skills, resources and qualified personnel.

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About Pyrotechnic Innovations:
Pyrotechnic INnovations, also widely known as Pyro Innovations, was founded by Mike Tockstein in 2002, and is dedicated to providing a means of entering into the field of pyrotechnics, to communicate the cutting edge standards in pyrotechnics, and all associated training. This is accomplished through field exercises and their extensive Fireworks Training pages, which include tons of information; with step-by-step video explanataions you won't find anywhere else, on the methods used to set up a professional fireworks display.

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