Spy Cameras

Hazmat Fee

Item# HAZMAT $49.00

This fee must be added to any item that is explosive in nature and requires special handling and shipping.

The item you are ordering will indicate in the description if this is required. The hazmat fee includes a special handling fee which is not included in normal shipping and is paid to UPS for accepting an explosives package.


No matter how much you order, you will only incur one hazmat charge.
Many customers will order what they need for the year in one order so as to avoid paying more than necessary.

The Hazmat fee is not required for electric matches, as that is already factored in, but is required for any pre-fabricated pyrotechnic, such as gerbs, fountains, flame cartridges, flash cartridges, mortars and napalm.

Pyrotechnic Rules for safety
from The Orlando Project

This is intended as a partial list of practical safety and use guidelines for handlers of pyrotechnics. This is not a complete list, but is intended as a general guideline and should be followed to the letter!

All users of pyrotechnics should check with local and federal laws before undertaking projects of this nature. Frequent users are encouraged to purchase a user permit, available from the BATF for a $200 fee. You can download the necessary forms here:


Our products are intended for use by licensed professionals working in stage and theater. These products are not available to people under 21.

We supply pods and pre-fabricated cartridges for people who prefer not to mix their own chemicals. Our cartridges provide more superior effect and control then are possible with chemicals alone, and are much easier to use. Fire Departments are much more likely to "ok" a project if they see professional cartridges and controllers in use, and licensing is not typically required to use these.

Pyrotechnic Rules


No smoking around pyro devices. It is also your job to make sure that others do not wander into the staging area with cigarettes.

"No Smoking" signs are a great investment.

Watch out for static!
Loading flashpots on a carpet can cause accidental ignition of flash pots.

Safe Distance:
Make sure that members of the general public get no closer than 15 feet to your pyrotechnical device. Make sure there are no flammable objects within 25 feet of device. Ceiling height must be adequate for pyro use. This is not negotiable, and is part of the written fire code.

Read the instructions carefully at least twice!
If you have trouble following instructions to the letter, then you should not be involved with pyrotechnics in any way. One small mistake or misread line can lead to disaster. Pyro is very safe in the hands of the careful user.

Keep two water filled fire extinguishers available in close proximity to your pyrotechnics at all times.

Keep a water bottle handy in the event of a hot spark.

Let cool before touching.
Never refill a warm pot. Make sure that your flashpot has cooled down before reloading to prevent accidental ignition. Do not touch any pyro device until it has cooled down.

Keep away from flammables.
Fallout from flashpots can ignite other nearby objects. If you can not position the flash pot at a safe distance from these flammables (at least 25 feet), then you must either treat the flammables with a flame retardant or discontinue your event. Use common sense when making this decision.

Protect yourself.
Wear disposable plastic gloves, goggles and a breathing mask when handling chemicals. Some chemicals can be unhealthy if inhaled. Wear fire resistant gloves when handling pyro immediately after show.

Do not pour chemicals directly from the bottle into the flash pot.
Instead, take a plastic spoon and transport needed chemicals to the pot. This way, if there is an accidental ignition you will reduce the chances of hurting yourself.

Never use glass or metal utensils or storage devices.

Make sure all spoons are made of plastic, and all chemical storage
containers are either plastic or cardboard. This reduces the chance of damaging shrapnel in case of accidental detonation. When transporting, packing sensitive items in a box of sand is good insurance.

Never build your own flash pot.
This is a sure way to put a quick end to your pyro career, and one of the most common mistakes made. Chemicals wedged between pieces of metal or in invisible cracks have no place to go and result in flying metal shrapnel.
Our flashpots may look simple, but are built to exacting specifications.

Always test your device in an open field first.
Use the exact pyrotechnical setup and measurements of chemicals that you intend to use on stage. Never try something on stage for the first time.

Get licensed. Frequent users of theatrical pyrotechnics should contact the BATF for a type 19 license. It costs $200, and is usually simple to acquire. This is a "Manufacturer of Binary Explosives" license which will allow you to mix the flash powders that we sell. This will help convince any interested parties that
you are serious about safe pyro use. To prepare for any questions you may have concerning pyrotechnics and the
fire code, you may want to purchase the 18 page booklet entitled: "NFPA 1126 Pyrotechnics before a proximate audience".

Always be prepared to discontinue your event.
Do you see something that makes you uncomfortable? Is the crowd getting too close to the stage? Keep your flashpots in your line-of-sight before, during and after discharging, and be prepared to abort the performance at the last minute. Position your qualified personel so that they can get to the pyrotechnic devices quickly with a fire extingisher.

Safe disposal of pyrotechnics.
The safest way to dispose of pyrotechnics is to go ahead and use it, of course.
If you have some left over from a show that needs to be disposed of, you can set it off in a field somewhere. If that is not an option, then you can soak it in a bucket of water overnight, then dispose of it in very small quantities
in a garden or in the garbage.