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Wisconsin Pyrotechnic Arts Guild

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May 10, 2003 Meeting/Shoot

May weather in Wisconsin can be rather unpredictable and this day had us guessing.  The forecast said rain, but thanks to the weather gods we only got sprinkles a couple of times and we had a very successful shoot.

We had a very good turnout for the event with well over 50 members attending.  Several topics were discussed at the meeting.  The return of the PGI convention to Wisconsin in 2006 was discussed and the WPAG members voted to support the return of the PGI convention to Wisconsin in 2006.  Other topics included discussion of new ATFE regulations, insurance (an ever popular discussion), shirt orders, and a 3-inch shell shoot fund raiser.

Officer and BOD elections were also held.  New officers elected were Steve Hubing as president and Doug Henderson as Secretary/Treasurer.  Larry Karlmann was appointed the new safety chairman.  Steve LaDuke was reelected as vice president.  Mike Danleski, Ron Duewel, and Chuck Decker were reelected to serve on the board.  

A huge round of applause was given to the two outgoing officers, Jerry Worrick and Dan Promen.  Jerry and Dan have both done an excellent job as WPAG officers and leave big shoes to fill.  Our thanks to both of them for a job well done.

There was plenty of pyro material on hand for the shoot.  The class C line provided a very nice display and the class B line had lots of rockets and shells.  Shells ranged in size from 3 inch to 10 inch.  Many of the shells were of high quality, showing that we have many talented shell builders in the club.  Some of our rockets were piercing the clouds!

All in all this was a VERY successful and fun shoot.

When digging in mortars those power augers come in very handy.
Ropes under the mortars make the removal much easier.
Our new safety chairman checks on the setup progress.
Is a spud gun pyro?  This "kid" seems to think so.  
Blast shields and hard hats are a requirement at our WPAG shoots.  You can never be too safe with pyro!!
The B-line is about ready to go.
Lots of great class C was on hand.
The first shell being lit.
Love those firecrackers.
Great class C.
8 inch shell, 5 inch drawout shell, and a 10 inch shell ready for shooting.

As you can see by the pictures below, we had some very nice shells !!!!


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