Period Fireworks Displayed at Pennsic 32

Pennsic 32, held as usual at Cooper's Lake Campground near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (USA), featured a display of mostly-period pyrotechnics. Iustinos Tekton has posted a photo album of the performance. On Friday, August 15, 2003, Pennsic history was made as the first major fireworks display got underway at about 10:00 p.m. local time. The fireworks were presented by Cartwright Fireworks of Franklin, Pennsylvania, one of several world-class pyrotechnics companies located near the Pennsic site.

The display was set up on the battlefield, around the full-scale wooden fortress wall that was built two years ago by volunteers. Setup began at about 10:00 a.m. and took nearly twelve hours, in addition to the planning work that occurred before the crew arrived. A Pennsic staff member with modern-world firefighting experience stood by the entire day, to ensure that an accidental match or cigarette dropped by a passing observer would not cause an accident.

The fireworks were electrically triggered, which is of course not period, but Cartwright Fireworks claims that most of the devices used are modern variants of period pyrotechnic charges.

A large percentage of the Pennsic populace of about twelve thousand turned out for the display, and cheers could be heard from all the way across the 700-acre Cooper's Lake site.

The link from the headline above goes to a photo album provided by Iustinos Tekton called Justin. The author and photographer's main home page is at .

There is another photo album online at, from Arwen ferch Morgan, at .

Pennsic Fireworks

Fabulous! Simply Fabulous! DO IT AGAIN!

Elizabeth Harlyn, Barony of Storvik, Kingdom of Atlantia

Pennsic fireworks

Although some electronic triggering was used, much of the display was hand-lit. The workers could actually be seen running around to light things.

WOW! Re: Pennsic Fireworks

The fireworks show was spectacular! I've been to every single Pennsic, and this was one of my absolute best experiences.

Thousands of people streamed onto the battlefield to watch. Because the aerial displays were not as high as normal municipal fireworks, we could be closer -- close enough to see the wonderful ground displays and great gouts of flames. The kids around us thought this was the best they'd ever seen because they could get so close, and because there were cool "new" things they'd never seen. (The great gouts of flame, in particular.) The giant XXXII on the hill took me back to my childhood in Bavaria, where there are regular torch displays on the hills around the village. Please do this again!

-- Baroness Signy Dimmridaela, OL Barony of Bryn Madoc, Meridies