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About the Guild

The Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc. is an independent worldwide body of amateur and professional fireworks enthusiasts. The organization was founded in 1969 with four aims: 

  • 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

PGI fulfills its mission by providing information, education and training, and networking opportunities for pyrotechnicians and enthusiasts. Our annual convention brings together hundreds of members to share panel discussions, workshops, hands-on learning, photography and video, and nightly displays. 

The PGI Bulletin, published 5 times a year, includes articles on the history, science and engineering, and safe manufacture and use of pyrotechnics. We also provide seminars and workshops and sponsor activities by regional groups such as the Western Pyrotechnic Association. PGI’s Certified Display Operator Course is one of only two courses in the United States recognized by the National Fire Protection Agency as meeting NFPA safety codes 1123 and 1124 pertaining to firework displays. The course is available to non-members as well as members, although we invite and encourage all fireworks enthusiasts to become members of the PGI community. 



PGI exists first and foremost to help fireworks lovers enjoy their hobby safely and legally. We maintain the highest standards of safety and emphasize safe practices in every setting, and keep our members informed about laws and regulations concerning the manufacturing, sale, display, and transportation of fireworks.


Love of fireworks transcends generations. PGI encourages families to learn together safely and offers discounted Junior memberships and learning opportunities for youth. 


PGI represents the needs of fireworks hobbyists to state and federal regulatory bodies and trade associations including the American Pyrotechnic Association (APA) and the National Fireworks Association (NFA).