Fireworks Display Artist

Fireworks display artists, also known as pyrotechnicians, give fireworks shows at functions, parties and on special occasions. They need to ensure that they are conducting a safe show, as fireworks can be very dangerous.

Fireworks display artists promote the sale and production of good quality fireworks. They combine education with science in order to give a spectacular show. Every year, fireworks display artists gather at PGI (Pyrotechnics Guild International), where they share experiments, information, processes and formulae. These meetings feature seminars, lectures, video representations and demonstrations.

Commercial products used by firework display artists are: time fuses, black powder, electric matches, round shell castings, cardboard discs, cylinders and tubes.

Fireworks display artists have various ranks: beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced and exhibition. Ground displays produce primary effects that begin on the ground, eg. fountains, wheels, waterfalls, rockets, etc.

What to Study

In-service further training may be provided under the supervision of an experienced fireworks display artist. Safety awareness is a prerequisite.


  • Novelty shops and fireworks display artists.
  • Most firework display artists are self-employed, usually in a part-time capacity, while holding down another regular job.

Further Information

South African Emergency Services Institute
P O Box 613
Krugersdorp, 1740
Tel: (011) 660-5672 Fax: (011) 660-1887

Getting Started

  • become safety conscious by talking to a fire fighter
  • familiarise yourself with the various types of fireworks and how to use them
  • speak to a fireworks display artist about this type of work

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