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Albatross

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I don't really think those are cold spark machines. But I think it will potentially be one more reason for fire marshals not to approve them.

I stopped pursuing adding them to my inventory because I thought getting them cleared in all the different cities and counties I work in was going to be too much work. I think this just makes that lift much harder.

I feel for the couple and the venue that had to deal with that aftermath and hope everyone got out safely.
 
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djtaso

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Those are REAL sparklers. These are VERY COMMON in the rest of the world. If you go to Greece, every wedding does this… but outdoors. Once in a blue moon you’ll get an indoor use out of them but with high ceilings. Seems in this case it wasn’t properly thought out as there was something above it that was very flammable.

As far as the indoor sparklers go… most, if not all, fire Marshall’s are aware of them. Depending on where you live You’ll have different expectations. New England, not allow to use them unless you have a permit and a pyro license. Of course 99.9% of djs do not have one so you have to use one of the people on the approved registry (it’s like a monopoly over there) and in the end you’re looking at almost $1000 just to get someone to press a button for the first dance.

In NJ, you’re free to use them as you wish. Venues may have their own rules, and one county requires a $75 permit. I’ve used them in many states, most don’t have issues.
 
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djtaso

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It makes sense that New England would be tough on this stuff. In 2003, 100 people died at a Great White concert after their pyro effects they used set the club in Rhode Island on fire.
Actually, it's funny you mention that, bc when you speak to them that's the exact reason they use for their strictness. The problem is they make it virtually impossible to even obtain it yourself, and they don't make it public for couples or other dj's to know in advance of the event. They essentially want you to use one of their 7 guys in the region. So yeah while in NJ you can have the effect for $500 or so for 2 units... 2 units in New England will run you an easy $2000. Venues also don't allow dancing on the clouds there. And they wonder why the wedding industry in NJ/NYC is so far ahead lol