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Meet the Makers
This former 911 police dispatcher turned full-time pyro is ready to give you the 411 on his upcoming sizzling-hot show.
Tim Traphagan | Lanesville, Indiana
Growing up in Indiana, fireworks were illegal…but that didn’t stop Tim and his Dad from buying a bunch when they traveled to Tennessee for his youth soccer games. When they returned home and shot their stash, the police were inevitably called…and that still didn’t extinguish Tim’s love for the sparkly stuff which continued to grow as he did.
Tim first showcased his talents on a grand scale at his brother’s homecoming from the Army in 2008. As his “passion took over”, Tim and his friends bought fireworks and created bigger and better backyard shows. In 2012 Tim joined his friends at his first St. Louis Shoot—later renamed Pyromania and today known as Sky Wars—where he was “blown away by the shows.” Tim helped at his friend’s 2014 Pyromania show, and Tim produced his first Pro-Am show at the 2015 Pyromania…and won first place!
Tim joined Casabella Pyrotechnics (www.casapyro.com) in a full-time sales position in 2018 after working as a 911 police dispatcher for over 10 years. His company participated in Pyromania’s 2019 “Championship of Champions”, which only happens every four years and showcases the event’s last three winners.
Tim’s 2020 Show
Tim is ready for this year’s show that he describes as “a work in progress” (Casabella Pyrotechnics recently completed a huge masterpiece: seven separate shows in the City of Owensboro at seven different locations with the farthest apart being three miles away.) He’s pretty chill about creating the pyromusical because “we shot 25 shows last year…our company is like a well-oiled machine.” This year’s entry by the numbers: the 10-minute show will take approximately 15 to 20 hours to script with all the effects, use $5,000 worth of fireworks products, and have five to six people on the shoot team.
Tim’s Advice for Aspiring Pyros
“My first backyard shows had so many problems, but it made me dive deeper and try to figure out how to make them better. My advice is to reach out to local display companies and see if you can help them during their busy Fourth of July season. That way you can be a part of something bigger than what you could do on your own…plus they’ll show you how to shoot them the right way.”