When Is Wind Speed Excessive for the Safe Display of Fireworks

K. L. and B. J. Kosanke

While working on the 2006 edition of NFPA- 1123 Code for Fireworks Display, the Technical Committee on Pyrotechnics of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) received a request for a “Formal Interpretation” regarding the 2000 edition of the code. In effect, a request for a Formal Interpretation is a request for the committee to provide clarification or a ruling regarding one or more paragraphs in the code. According to NFPA practice, a request for a Formal Interpretation must always be phrased in such a way that it can be answered either “yes” or “no”. This article addresses that request for a Formal Interpretation and was written because: 1) the question being posed was reasonable and important; 2) a simple yes or no will not meet the needs of the requestor; and 3) to stimulate a discussion of the issue, such that the display fireworks industry might then provide guidance to the committee before they address the issue at their next committee meeting.


Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 7, (2003-2004), pp 130-134
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