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Have you been put in charge of planning the firework show for your next big event? If it is your first time putting together a firework display, you will want to start planning your event as soon as possible to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Here are five basic steps to preparing for your big show so that everyone has a safe and fun time.

1.) Know the laws and regulations for your area.

Fireworks are heavily regulated so it is important to know what fireworks are legal in your area and when it is legal to use them. Before you start making any preparations for your firework show, make sure it is legal in the town where the event will be and if there are any restrictions on the types of fireworks you can use.

2.) Determine your budget.

Before you begin shopping, decide how much you want to spend and budget accordingly. Aerial cakes will be your biggest expenditure, so if your budget is limited, you will want to limit your big aerial shots for the finale. You can still create a wonderful show using fountains, smoke balls, missiles, rockets and other smaller fireworks that are less expensive. If you have a larger budget, you can add in aerial displays throughout your show. Once you have your budget determined, you can head to your nearest Alamo Fireworks store to purchase your fireworks.

3.) Scope out your firework display area.

You will need to decide where you will be lighting off your fireworks and have a flat, cleared spot for your display area. A paved area is ideal, but you can lay down plywood to create an even spot without grass or combustible material. You will want to be far enough away from the audience and have access to water for fire safety.

4.) Make a written plan.

The best choreographed firework shows are carefully planned for setup and timing. Write a schematic on where to place your fireworks so that they are easy for you and any helpers to light in the order. Small items like smoke balls and fountains should be in front toward your audience, with larger items like aerial cakes and rockets at the back. Decide the order in which you light each sequence and make sure everyone helping knows the plan. You can visit the Alamo Firework website to view videos of many of the fireworks we sell, helping you create a vibrant and well-sequenced show.

5.) Be prepared for the unexpected.

Be ready for anything and be safe. Have plenty of punks and possibly a small butane torch available to light your show. You should also be wearing goggles and earplugs for protection. Keep a large bucket of water near your display area to soak any duds that do not fire. Once it is time to begin, make sure everyone except you and your helpers are at least 50 feet back, and then begin your show.

At Alamo Fireworks, we have everything you need to make your first firework show a success! Come visit one of the stores to get the best quality fireworks and expert advice from our knowledgeable staff.

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