Pyro Innovations Partners with Pyro Spectaculars

June 10th, 2013 - Press Release

Mike Tockstein Jim SouzaPyro Spectaculars by Souza and Pyrotechnic Innovations have officially partnered to form a cutting edge recruitment, training, and retention program for pyrotechnic operators in the United States.

The partnership gives Pyro Spectaculars by Souza exclusive access to the well-developed operator recruitment resources of Pyrotechnic Innovations, in addition to collaborating in a new program that aims to take pyrotechnic operator knowledge, public safety, and show performance to a higher standard.

Pyro Spectaculars by Souza and Pyrotechnic Innovations annouced today that they have formed an alliance to help recruit, train, and retain qualified pyrotechnic operators in the United States. Building from the online platform that Pyrotechnic Innovations has developed, they plan to pioneer and 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 Chief Creative Officer of Pyro Spectaculars by Souza tells us, "I'm excited about working with Pyro Innovations in this new collaboration. Pyro Innovations has a strong history of finding and training great operators. I'm confident that our joint efforts will yield termendous value for both organizations."

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 moving the bar higher. "We are going to take the best and make it even better," said Mike Tockstein, Owner and Operator of Pyrotechnic Innovations. Tockstein continues, "We are not oinly going to create a more standardized training program, but also opportunities for any of our pyrotecnic operators to add more advanced skills to their fireworks knowledge bank, enabling them to elevate themselves well above what normally consitutes being a licensed pyrotechnic operator."

Increasing opportunites for that operator is not their only goal. "Safety around large display fireworks is always paramount," says Tockstein. Souza, who is past president of the American Pyrotechnic Association (APA) and is currently on the NFPA Fireworks Code Committee, goes on to comment, "Pyro Spectaculars has a long history of leading the pyrotechnics industry in operator and fire service training. This program is the natural progression of Pyro Spectaculars and will ensure our operators will continue our 35 years of safety leadership in the industry." The program aims to create a lifecycle, which continually trains, updates, and qualifies operators to ensure public safety and outstanding show performance.

Additional details of the program will be released as they become available. You can apply to become a pyrotechnic apprentice by visiting Pyro Spectaculars by Souza at or Pyrotecnic 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 4th holiday. Under the leadership of Jim Souza, Pyro Spectaculars has continued 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 simplified 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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