Special Effects, NFPA 1126, 160: Training and Review Class


Cesar Benitez
P: 708-429-0520


8:00 AM On-site Registration
9:00 AM Class Start
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break
4:00 PM Basic


Odeum Expo Center
1033 N. Villa Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181

Guest Speaker

Mr. Robert Wetzel Fire Safety Compliance Manager, Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. Mr. Robert Wetzel will cover the Illinois administrative codes and be available for any Q and A regarding licensing in Illinois.


Five Alarm Fireworks Co. in conjunction with Orlando Special Effects will be holding a two day special effects, NFPA 1126, 160 training and review class. The class is designed for Illinois continuing education, fire marshals (AHJ) and any interested individuals looking to enter in the industry. This is a great opportunity to earn your CE hours, get updated on fire codes and learn a new skill.

April 26, 2018

NFPA 1126 Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics before a Proximate Audience. This standard provides requirements for the safe use of pyrotechnic special effects before a proximate audience at both indoor and outdoor locations to protect property, operators, performers, support personnel, and viewing audiences. Application includes use in conjunction with theatrical, musical, or similar performing arts productions in theaters, stadiums, concerts.

April 27, 2018

NFPA 160 Standard for the Use of Flame Effects before an Audience. This standard provides public safety officials, designers, performers and operators of flame effects with the latest requirements for the protection of the audience, support personnel, performers, the operator, assistants, and property where flame effects are used.


Andrew Nicholls ~ Owner / CEO started in entertainment at the age of 16. By 19, he was shooting large fireworks displays for a leading US based fireworks manufacturer. At age 23, he graduated collage with a degree in Business Management and Technical Theater. Five years later, after jobs in theater, construction, and fireworks, he moved to Florida and worked for Disney, corporate meeting planners, and on motion pictures. He opened Orlando Special Effects in 1989. Now with over 25 years’ experience in the fireworks and entertainment industry he has been appointed a position on the National Fire Protection Association committee on special effects. This committee writes the standards and codes for the use of indoor pyrotechnics, flame and fire effects.

Special FX 101: The Art Science and Technique of Special Effects