EXPLOSIVES AND PYROTECHNICS
- When working with explosives, flammable or combustible liquids,
gases or chemicals on any set, prior notification shall be given
to all personnel. Also,
wherever practical, the call sheet should state that explosives
are to be used.
- Before any explosives or potentially hazardous sequence is to
be performed, all persons involved shall be thoroughly briefed
at a meeting on the site where the explosives are to be used. This meeting shall include an "on site
walk-through" and/or "dry run" with Special Effects
persons and all the persons involved in the event.
The Special Effects and licensed Powder person shall
plan and provide acceptable avenues of escape.
- The persons mentioned above shall clearly announce to all persons
the location exits, escape routes and alternate routes. The escape route shall provide absolute passage
to the exterior of the building, structure or workspace.
- Each person should check the escape route in order to assure
himself/herself that it is and will remain accessible. Any person who is unsure of the designated
escape route should check with the 1st Assistant Director and
learn of the escape route before entering the work area.
- Only persons and crew necessary for the purpose of filming will
be in the explosives area. All
other personnel will be cleared away from the explosives area.
- Before rolling cameras, should any change become necessary,
the Director will again call all persons involved in the event
to another meeting to confirm everyone's understanding of said
- No smoking is permitted in the explosives area and "No
Smoking" signs shall be posted in all areas of the premises
or locations where explosives and/or pyrotechnic devices are
stored and handled.
- After each shoot, no one shall go into the explosives area other
than the Special Effects and/or licensed Powder person, until
or unless the Special Effects and/or licensed Powder person
deems it safe to do so.
- No child under the age of 16 shall be near the area where explosives
- Transportation of explosives
and/or pyrotechnic devices shall be governed by the provisions
of all applicable Federal, State and Local laws, and the proper
authorities shall be notified when using explosives on the set.
- Make sure all explosives
and explosive devices are shunted prior to detonation.
- Make sure explosives are
detonated from a separate DC power source or isolated AC.
- When preparing pyrotechnics, make sure all radio transmissions
in the area are ceased.
- An exterior shot check list,
obtained through operations, should be filled out and circulated
prior to filming any special effects on exterior sets, pyro,
smoke, open flame etc.