Western Winterblast XXV February 2014.
This man sets off a breech load cannon each year. Here he holds a projectile he recently shot over 7 miles.
The motor broke so these 2 men in Pyro suits hand cranked the ferris wheel around. These are some crazy brave people.
2009 Western Winterblast XX (Bill Zuber) (12: 0.5 gallon bombs & the center is a bundle of 6 of the same 0.5 gallon bombs for a total of 9 gallons of gasoline)
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Rare early evening "Wall Of Fire" photo. Extreme Pyro was shooting a commercial. The climax was this wall of fire shot from the other direction. So the people you see in the photo are Extreme Pyro crew members and/or the cinematographers.
This is about 1/3 of a second after the previous photo.
The next four pictures are taken during the Sunday evening performance. As you can tell, I love the gas bombs (mines). My camera also loves them as the gasoline burns long and bright enough for the camera to lock in.
These photos are about 1/3 of a second apart.
And we even had background fireworks falling.
I had many shots before and after these 4, but this is the main group.
Photo by Bambi Chilese. Meanwhile, Bambi was shooting using our pocket camera and caught this amazing close-up.
People in the stands all lean back as the heat wave hits us. Distance between flames and crowd is about 200 feet.
An interesting effect for a wall of flame.
View from our room in the morning.
Our Nautical Inn neighbors brought their 2 tortoises, Timmy and Tommy.
Tourists can take an Ultra Light ride.
We went to a Swap Meet on the way to the Rockabilly Event. This caught my eye.
Driving to the 6th annual Rockabilly gathering.
This is from the Saturday (2013) public display by the company Pirotechnico. Lake Havasu, AZ. We used our Sony RX100 in movie mode. Fireworks are very difficult to capture and our pocket camera did its best. The audio is mostly overpowered by the concussive blasts, but the video is pretty good overall. No tripod, just handheld.
Western Winter Blast XXII. (Feb 17-20, 2011). Photos not in chronological order. There are also photos from several earlier WWBs.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Extreme Pyro crew had their first shoot. I was standing on the bed of my truck screaming, "WAIT! WAIT!" but they shot it off anyway.
Fortunately Extreme Pyro did a 2nd shoot a little later.
I have a much harder time catching good photos of the fireworks. The ground displays show the sense of scale best.
Those people are all staff and had busted their butts for many days to make sure the shows went off as planned. You can see the large puddles of water from the rain we had over several days. Happily, there were no rain delays to any of the shows.
This color wall looked great. Photos really don't convey what we saw.
I took almost 800 photos and ended up posting about 20.
Some of the aerial shells were 16" in diameter. We were all told to disable our car alarms before the show started.
Sometimes, you wish you had your sunglasses.
Photos after this are from previous years.
Winter Blast XXI (2010). There are several sequential photos in this group. The first picture is always at the bottom and each picture is about 1/3 of a second after the one below it.
Blue Alcohol "Ghost" Bombs. These Alcohol explosions are much harder to capture than the gasoline ones as they are much quicker to appear and disappear.
Camera Sensor Created Ghost Image
2 Seconds In The Life Of 5 Gas Bombs
You can see all the safety personnel in this ground display.
2007 Western Winterblast XXVIII
"Pyro Boy" If you strap fireworks to your back and helmet and run around quickly, this is what can happen.