Review of: Proximate Special Effects Familiarization & Safety – J. Larry Mattingly, David A. Opperman, MD, Francis “Pinky” Pinkerton

Review of: Proximate Special Effects Familiarization & Safety 
J. Larry Mattingly, David A. Opperman, MD, Francis “Pinky” Pinkerton

Review by Stephen Miller M.I.Exp.E.,

After many years of drought, the rain is falling for those praying for a basic technical reference book on stage pyrotechnics. The stage and special effects industry as a whole has been lacking a good, well written, reference book that is actually of use to the technician (there are plenty of titles aimed at the general public, but too few aimed at the practising technician). Although “Britain and America are two countries kept apart by a common language”, I have to say that I am rather impressed. The book is well laid out with chapters devoted to ‘Professionalism, Responsibility & Licensing’, ‘General Application Information’ (including security, permits, local inspectors and of course safety). I rarely have a good thing to say about the state of UK explosives law, but having read these chapters, I now realise that the problems I face are nothing in comparison to those tackled regularly by US technicians.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 17, 2003, pp 80-81
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