Visit A Fireworks Company

ATLAS ENTERPRISES

Fort Worth, Texas

Atlas Enterprises, Inc. is the firework company I fire displays for. They have always treated me fairly and as a good friend. My experience has shown me that is how they treat all their clients, as well. They fire hundreds of displays every year, over a wide coverage area, and do some manufacturing too. Since few people would ever get to see inside a fireworks company operation, I though you might enjoy a little guided tour. A big thank-you goes out to Royce Trout, president of Atlas Enterprises, for letting us take a peek. You can also see more about Atlas Enterprises by going to their web site. Click this link. www.atlasent.com

Like most businesses, Atlas Enterprises has a main office building. It houses the offices of key personnel and is the hub of their operations there.
The main building also houses a room where choreographed firework displays are scored, edited and coded for electrical or computer firing. This console provides all necessary equipment to record music for a display, provide computer firing codes and generate firing cue tapes for the show technicians.
Fireworks imported from other countries usually arrive in containers like this. From the cargo ship they are transported overland in this type of container, or may be offloaded into trucks for delivery.
The delivered display fireworks are placed in warehouses in case lots. Atlas Enterprises has several of these large approved storage buildings.
Cases of display shells stored in the warehouse shown just above.
Cases of display shells are eventually brought to this type of storage room. Each variety and size of shell is placed on a separate shelf. When it is time to pull the shells for a display, empty shipping cartons are placed on that table and filled with the correct type and number of shells. Note the special explosion-proof light fixture and the hoods for the two required locks on each door. Both are government requirements for all display firework storage areas.
Here's a close-up of a few of the thousands of display shells stored in that building. Atlas Enterprises uses a bar code system to insure the correct shells are pulled and to facilitate their inventory system.
Firework displays can contain a wide variety of effects. This warehouse contains large Roman candles, display sized repeating barrage boxes and other low-level effects. Atlas Enterprises can even provide complete low-level displays that are awesome. This opens up areas for firework displays that may not be suitable for hi-level display shell shows.
A case of 2 inch (50 mm) diameter glittering golden Roman candles from the above warehouse.
It takes a lot of mortars to fire all of the displays Atlas Enterprises does each year. This mortar warehouse has thousands of plastic mortars.
A close-up of one bin of display shell mortars.
These are finale racks, it takes a lot of those also, to fire the sky-filling finales Atlas Enterprises is famous for.
Four inch (100 mm) five-shot finale racks are usually used to fire part of the finale in larger displays. These can either be built to fire shells straight up, or in a slight fan-shaped spread pattern.
These finale racks are designed to hold a large group of finale shells in one unit. Plastic, fiberglass and paper mortar tubes are shown here.
This is a new type of finale rack that uses fiberglass pipe. Those are just beginning to come into general use now, and Atlas Enterprises already is using them.
Many of the displays Atlas Enterprises do are fired using electrical ignition systems. This room houses the cables, connection rails and other equipment required to put on that type of display. Almost three dozen electrically fired displays could be done the same night using the large number of firing systems Atlas has ready.
If a sponsor wants a city or company logo, picture or other graphic displayed during their firework display, they are asking for what is called a set piece. Atlas Enterprises maintains a stock of set piece frames that can be made to write the exact picture in fireworks needed. You may have seen an American flag set piece fired at a display.