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If you love fireworks - the common denominator of all PGI members – then the PGI is the organization for you.

Mission

Since its founding in 1969, the PGI has been dedicated to helping you do whatever you love and want to do in fireworks, legally and safely. Whether that is enjoying consumer fireworks with family and friends, becoming a fireworks display operator, learning how fireworks are made, photographing fireworks displays, collecting pyro memorabilia – or all those things and everything in between - there are PGI members that share those same passions. Here are just some of the ways the PGI and its members help carry out that mission:

Annual Convention

The PGI holds a week-long event held in early August, in a variety of US locations. It’s been said that it’s the most fun you can have in a week with fireworks – just watch the trailer video above. This year's convention will be held in Brainerd, Minnesota. Learn more about the PGI Convention.

Publications

The PGI Bulletin: The PGI publishes a quality periodical five times per year with articles covering a range of fireworks related topics, as well as the current activities of the PGI.

The PGI Anthology Volumes I & II: The best of the PGI articles published over that last 35+ years have been assembled in Anthologies. Together they contain over 800 pages of technical and how-to information about making and displaying fireworks.

Display Fireworks Operators Certification Study Guide: Used in the PGI Display Operators training course presented at PGI conventions and around the US. The 2019 edition contains over 300 pages of information and is consistent with NFPA-2018 code.

Training and Education

The PGI's Display Operator's Course has gained national recognition is one of only two training programs recognized by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). In NFPA-101, it states that fire marshals should look to see that operators have completed a nationally recognized training program, such as those developed by APA and PGI.

In addition, the annual PGI Convention has a week long schedule of seminars and classes covering all aspects of fireworks.

Represent the Hobbyist Pyro

The PGI is there to represent the little guy, the hobbyist.

The PGI works 52 weeks per year and is the only organization representing the fireworks hobbyist to regulatory agencies, trade associations including the American Pyrotechnic Association (APA) and the National Fireworks Association (NFA).

The PGI’s NFPA Regulatory/Industry Representatives hold Principal Member seats (votes) on two key NFPA technical committees, outdoor displays and special effects that write NFPA codes: 1122, 1123, 1124, 1125, 1126, 1127, 160.

The PGI has worked with the ATF on several variances useful to the hobbyist and regularly conducts trainings for fire marshals and bomb squads around the country.

Join Us!

As a member of the PGI you will become part of a worldwide network of pyros dedicated to sharing their passion and knowledge of all things fireworks related.

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2024 Convention Registration

PGI Members: Please login to register for 2024 convention.

2024 Public Spectator Tickets

Tickets as a public spectator may be purchased from BIR directly. Public nights are Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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2024 Convention
Brainerd, MN

August 3rd - 9th

Brainerd International Raceway

About PGI

The PGI operates as a 501(c)(6) membership-based organization of fireworks enthusiasts whose goal is to:
  • Promote safe and responsible use and display of fireworks
  • Support and encourage public and private fireworks displays at local and national events
  • Promote production and sale of high-quality fireworks
  • Support mentoring and knowledge sharing that channels the creative energies of talented people to design, produce, and display high-quality fireworks
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