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Pyrotechnic Terms
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Pyrotechnic Terms

Gameops.com Pyrotechnic Effect List, list of terms courtesy Pyritz Pyrotechnic. This term sheet is specific to Pyritz Pyrotechnics, but most terms are generally applied across the industry and a good general guide for any pyrotechnics production.

We have added several video clips to demonstrate the effects. These great videos are courtesy of Indoor Pyrotechnics and SA Fireworks in Australia.

We thank them for allowing us to share the video on this page.

Effect Description

Flash Pot (see video)
Produces a momentary flash of light with smoke. This effect has an audible report and is available in low smoke version.

Preloaded Flash Pot
Tube device producing flash audible report with color. Available in 3 sizes and 3 colors.

Colors: White, green or red.

Coliseum Pot
A brilliant flash of light with sparkles 3 to 20 feet in height and approximately ½ second in duration. A medium-loud registry consisting of a BANG.

Colors: Gold or Silver

Produces a scaled down version of the typical aerial firework. It produces a brilliant drift of sparkles approximately 5-50 feet in diameter, lasting 1 to 2 seconds with a high audio registry consisting of a POP.

Colors: Silver, gold, red, yellow, magenta, gold glitter, blue or green
Note: Colors used depending on the audience distance.

Fountain Gerb (see video)
A sparkling fountain effect available in various heights, ranging from 3 to 20 feet in height and 8 feet in diameter. Various durations from ¼ second to 2- seconds. Low registry consisting of a HISS.

Colors: Gold or silver
Transformation: Gold/Silver, Orange/Silver, or Yellow/Silver

Spinner Gerb
A spinner discharge of sparks in various diameters ranging from 6 to 30 feet lasting between 5 to 15 seconds.

Colors: Gold, Silver, or Red/Silver

Gerb Effect Video
Shows the general gerb effect, see the more detailed explanation for more detail.

Type 5 Gerb
This effect projects a pure color flame topped off by a plume of silver titanium sparks.

Colors: Blue 14 ft. high and 2.5 wide, 2-second duration, low smoke
Red 8 ft. high and 3 wide, 8 to 10 second duration
Green 8 ft. high and 3 wide, 8 to 10 second duration

Type 4 Gerb
The plume is 35 feet high by 15 feet wide. Due to volume of titanium, this item produces some fallout. Use on non-flammable surfaces. Duration 3 seconds.

Type 3 Gerb
The plume is 25 feet high by 8 feet wide. Duration 2 seconds.

Waterfall Gerb
A dazzling cascade of sparkles from overheard with a visual registry of 1 to 15 seconds. Ranging from 5 to 40 feet in fall. This effect can create a rain shower to a solid curtain of sparks across the entire width of the stage or auditorium.

Colors: Gold or Silver

Glitter Diamond Gerb
This effect emits a cloud of glitter diamonds 3 feet high and 2 feet wide. It is available in durations of 4 and 7 seconds.

Bowtie Gerb
This effect projects a plume of titanium 12 feet on either side of the effect tube making a bowtie shape. Duration 1 second.

Slow Sparkle Pot (see video)
Produces an 8 to 10 foot plume of slow burning sparks with a report and smoke.

Fast Sparkle Pot
Produces an 8 to 10 foot thrust of quick burning sparks, slightly louder than slow sparkle and produces smoke.

Sparkle Cannons
Produces a dense momentary burst of sparks with audible report. The height is 8 to 20 feet.

Colors: Silver or gold.

Colored Flash Pots
Slower burning than standard flash. Colored flash produces bright light in a 3 to 5 second duration effect.

Color: red or gold.

Concussion Flash
Produces very loud audible report. To be used on concussion mortars. Effect has minimum smoke output.

A spectacular indoor rocket effect that can travel up to 150 feet before expiring.
Type 1: Discharges a brilliant colored flame approximately 2 feet in length.
Type 2: Discharges a trial of silver sparks approximately 3 feet in length and produces a loud whistle. Durations available 3 to 6 seconds.

Colors: red, orange, yellow, and green.

Warp Rocket
400 mph+ rocket. .5, 1, 1.5 second in duration.

Illumination Yellow Rocket
Intensely bright! 1,2,3 second duration.

Glitter Mine
Discharges a brilliant stream of sparkles that flitter as they descend. Approximately 1.5 seconds in duration. Available in heights ranging from 20-80 feet.

Colors: Gold and pixie dust

Silver Wave Mine
Creates a finger like silver effect. Approximately 2.5 to 3 seconds in duration and ranges from 40 to 90 feet in height.

Multi-Colored Mine
Produces a display of brilliant colored stars ascending into the air. Approximately 2.5 seconds in duration. Available heights ranging from 20 to 100 feet.

Colors: silver, red, blue, cyan, gold glitter, yellow, orange, pixie dust, purple, green

Large streaming tail, lasting 2 to 5 seconds. Ranging in height from 50 to 150 feet. Available in many colors.

Produces a comet effect and at its full height, breaks in a star pattern. This effect ranges in height form 50 to 150 feet. Available in colors.

Flame Pot (see video)
Produces a 4 to 16 foot intense flame and has a WHOOSHING noise. Can be colored by using a flame additive.

Colors: Green, red, or yellow.

Flame Ball
Prepackaged flame effect, produces a large ball of 4 to 6 foot diameter. Was a WHOOSHING noise.

Colored Flames
Quiet and gentle, blue and red composition emits little smoke, green slightly more. 4-6” tall very pure color flame. Available in durations: 5, 10, and 15 seconds. Call for custom durations.

Colors: Blue, red and green.

Bullet Hits
Simulates ricocheting bullet effect, or a gun firing. Available in multiple sizes.

Short Circuit Effect
Simulates electrical sparks. Size of effect ranges from very small to large welding type effects.

Smoke (see video)
Various smoke compositions are available in assorted colors, types and duration.

Stage Whistles
Create a 4th of July whistle effect with silver spray. Durations 3 to 6 seconds.

Lightning Bolts
A visual lightning bolt effect generating an intense flash of light contained within its 1/8 inch tube. Can be made in any length to fit any application. (looks better when done in multiples of three, due to its rapid firing.)

Confetti Cannons (see confetti options in the Gameops.com Store)
Come in 2 confetti types:
Type 1: Slow float confetti; single of multi color
Type 2: Streamer confetti; single, multi-color or Mylar
Launching system consist of pyro charged cannons or air charged cannons, depending on the application. This produces a projection of confetti 15 feet wide by 50 feet long. (Slow float depends on the air flow of room.) Cannons can be mounted floor or ceiling.

Mini 2’ Aerial Effect

Miniature outdoor effect. Projects vivid full breaking color shells to a height of 120ft. Width of break of 50 feet.

Colors Available: red, green, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white flitter, gold flitter, silver rain, gold spider, variegated, willow and white mag.

30 mm Comet Plates
Miniature outdoor effect. Projects vivid comets to a height of 150 feet. 8 shots. 30 seconds in duration.

Colors available: Red, green, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white flitter, gold flitter, and white mag.

30 mm Bombette Plates
Miniature outdoor effects. Projects vivid full breaking color shells to a height of 120 feet. Width of break 50 feet. 8 shots. 30 seconds in duration.

Colors available: Red, green, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white flitter, gold flitter, silver rain, gold spider, variegated and white mag.

Video from YouTube Subscriber EpiC Fireworks. You can see nearly 500 video clips of outdoor fireworks and their names on the EpicFireworks YouTube Channel.

30 mm Mine Plates
Projects vivid stars to a height of 60 feet. 8 shots. 30 seconds in duration.

Colors available: Red, green, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white flitter, gold flitter, gold spider, variegated and white mag.

30 mm Crossette Plates

Projects burning comets to a height of 120 feet. At their peak, the comets open into 8-12 pieces. Little fallout. 8 to 30 seconds in duration.

Specialty Signs
Custom signs of any logo or lettering mounted on a special indoor lance. Illuminated in 4 possible colors, each lasting 45 seconds.

Colors: Silver, yellow, green, or red

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