NFPA 1126: Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience
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What is NFPA 1126?
NFPA 1126: Document Scope
This standard shall provide requirements for the protection of property, operators, performers, support personnel, and the viewing audiences where pyrotechnic effects are used indoors or outdoors with a proximate audience. The purpose of this standard shall be to provide minimum requirements to the operators and manufacturers for the safe operation of pyrotechnic effects. 1.1.1* This standard shall apply to the use of pyrotechnics in the performing arts in conjunction with theatrical, musical, or similar productions before a proximate audience, performers, or support personnel. 1.1.2 This standard shall apply to the performance specifications, instructions, notifications, and labeling by the manufacturer of pyrotechnics materials, devices, equipment, and supplies. 1.1.3 This standard shall apply to any indoor use of pyrotechnics. 1.1.4 This standard shall apply to any outdoor use of pyrotechnics at distances less than those required by NFPA 1123, Code for Fireworks Display. The use of pyrotechnics before a proximate audience shall not be construed as a display of fireworks as regulated by NFPA 1123. Exception: Any use of aerial shells as regulated by NFPA 1123, Code for Fireworks Display, shall comply with the provisions of that code. 1.1.5 This standard shall apply to the videotaping, audiotaping, or filming of any television, radio, or movie production only where such production takes place before a proximate audience and includes the use of pyrotechnics. 1.1.6 This standard shall apply to the rehearsal of any production in which pyrotechnics are used. 1.1.7* This standard shall not apply to the manufacture, transportation, or storage of fireworks at a manufacturing facility. 1.1.8 This standard shall not apply to the use of consumer fireworks by the general public. 1.1.9* This standard shall not apply to the manufacture, transportation, storage, and use of explosives. 1.1.10 This standard shall not apply to the transportation, handling, or use of pyrotechnics by the Armed Forces of the United States of America. 1.1.11 This standard shall not apply to the transportation of pyrotechnic materials and devices approved and governed by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations. 1.1.12* This standard shall not apply to the use of pyrotechnics in training by the fire service, law enforcement, or similar government agencies. Exception: This standard shall apply where there is a proximate audience that is not part of the live fire training evolution. 1.1.13 Facilities in or at which pyrotechnics are to be used or stored shall comply with the applicable provisions of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. Pyrotechnics shall be permitted to be used in accordance with the provisions of NFPA 101, 13.7.2, where approved by the authority having jurisdiction. 1.1.14* This standard shall not apply to the use of flammable liquids and flammable gases in the performing arts. 1.1.15 This standard shall not apply to the manufacture of model rocket and high power rocket motors as covered in NFPA 1125, Code for the Manufacture of Model Rocket and High Power Rocket Motors. 1.1.16* This standard shall not apply to the design, construction, limitation of propellant mass and power, and reliability of all rocket motors, other than fireworks rockets, produced commercially for sale to or use by the public for purposes of education, recreation, and sporting competition. 1.1.17 This standard shall not apply to the sale and use of model rockets and model rocket motors used in conformance with NFPA 1122, Code for Model Rocketry. 1.1.18 This standard shall not apply to the sale and use of high power sport rockets and high power sport rocket motors used in conformance with NFPA 1127, Code for High Power Rocketry.
This standard provides requirements for the safe use of pyrotechnic special effects before a proximate audience at both indoor and outdoor locations to protect property, operators, performers, support personnel, and viewing audiences. Application includes use in conjunction with theatrical, musical, or similar performing arts productions in theaters, stadiums, concert halls, etc. Official document scope
What does NFPA 1126 address?
The standard provides requirements for the use of proximate audience pyrotechnics including provisions for storage of pyrotechnic devices, permit requirements, operator qualifications, requirements for manufacturing of pyrotechnics and associated equipment, fire protection, firing safeguards, separation distance for audiences and pre and post performance requirements. Annex C provides suggested licensing requirements for operators.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 1126, 2011 Edition: Archived Revision Information
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Proposals can be submitted for text to be amended or included in NFPA Codes and Standards. Following the Call for Proposals period, the responsible Technical Committee or Panel holds a meeting to consider and act on all submitted proposals. The committee or panel may also develop its own proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals (ROP) is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, Technical Committees' action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated proposals. The ROP for the document in question is submitted for the approval of the responsible TC or Panel by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval via written ballot in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step. The ROP is published and widely distributed and anyone may download or request a copy.
ROP Meeting Agenda
Report on Comments (ROC)
Report on Comments (ROC)
Once the ROP becomes available, there is a 60-day comment period during which time anyone may submit a public comment on the proposed changes documented in the ROP. The committee or panel reconvenes at the end of the comment period and acts on all public comments. This committee or panel may also develop its own comments. As before, approval obtained via written ballot in accordance with NFPA's Regulations is required on all committee and panel actions. All of this information is compiled into a second Report, called the Report on Comments (ROC), which like the ROP, is published and made available for public review for a seven-week period.
Report on Comments (ROC) (PDF, 584 KB)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Proposed NFPA documents will be presented for action at the applicable Annual (June) Association Technical Meeting only when proper Amending Motions (Notice of Intent to Make a Motion - NITMAM) have been certified by the Motions Committee of the Standards Council as a proper amending motion. Documents that receive no motions will not be presented at the meeting and instead will be forwarded directly to the NFPA Standards Council for action on issuance. More about the codes and standards making process including NITMAM.
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Consent document not presented at Association Technical Meeting. Document issuance: 6/1/2010.
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