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Pyrotechnics Guild International Bringing Convention, Big Fireworks Shows To Butler Co.

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SLIPPERY ROCK (KDKA) — Western Pennsylvania loves fireworks, so it’s only fitting that Pyrotechnics Guild International is holding their annual convention in our area.

What it means is four nights of fireworks displays, starting Sunday night, which are supposed to be unlike anything our area has ever seen before.

The convention is being held at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Butler County.

“This is biggest thing we’ve ever done in Butler County,” said Jack Cohen from the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau. “We anticipate crowds of over 100,000 people here next week.”

Dan Creagan, president of PGI, says people will see unusual fireworks, too: “You’ll see things like girandola – which is a spinning firework that isn’t produced in most normal shows.”

Matt Roach is from a group called PORC, which makes fireworks in Pennsylvania and will launch some of them Sunday night.

“We have some other neat effects called lampares, which go up and it’ll be a ball of fire in the sky,” said Roach.

Traffic entering the campground could back up, so organizers say to arrive early and bring a lawn chair.

Police are warning drivers that they’re not allowed to pull over along the nearby roads to watch the shows.

There will be displays, each at least 90 minutes long, on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

Admission is $40 for a car load up to six people and $35 if you buy tickets ahead of time.

For more information: https://www.visitbutlercounty.com/events/4000/2013-pyrotechnics-guild-international-pgi-convention

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