PGI 2019 Launches Golden Anniversary Convention

Written by on August 13, 2019



This week kicks off the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) Convention’s 50th Anniversary, which means there are sure to be dazzling displays for all to enjoy. It also means traffic congestion when the public shows come to a close.

In an effort to alleviate traffic chaos, the CAM-PLEX in partnership with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office devised a traffic plan to keep traffic rolling as swiftly as possible. Spectators exiting from the CAM-PLEX on to Garner Lake and Boxelder roads will only be able to make righthand turns. Sheriff’s deputies will be on-site directing traffic to keep all lanes moving smoothly.

Public entrances will open at 7 pm, which includes Broken Spur, Wrangler, and Indian Paintbrush. From 6-7 pm, Indian Paintbrush will only be open to sponsors and those with VIP passes. Windmill Drive will be closed to the general public at all times; only those with proper PGI credentials will be allowed to use this entrance. 

Fox Park Road will be closed during each public show and will be reopened immediately at the conclusion of the show. Parking along Garner Lake, Boxelder and Hwy 51 is prohibited during the shows.

Highway 51 will be closed from Garner Lake Road to American Road for the Wednesday, August 14th and Friday, August 16th shows. This is due to the planned launch of the “Super Nuke” during the August 14th display and the “large” shell during the August 16th show. Hwy 51 will reopen immediately following the conclusion of each show. 

The Campbell County GIS department has created traffic maps to help the public visualize the developed traffic plans.

Fireworks and grass are a sure recipe for grass fires. In the event, a fire starts but remains small, and the smoke doesn’t create an issue, the show will continue, and the fire will be put out at the end of the show. If a wildland fire does start that poses a threat to public safety, the show will be stopped, and the firefighters will work to extinguish the fire before the show continues. PGI has trained firefighters, and the Campbell County Fire Department has a truck stationed at CAM-PLEX to immediately address any fire dangers that may arise during shows. CCFD will have trucks and crews strategically placed along the perimeter of CAM-PLEX for a prompt response to any fires that may start outside the CAM-PLEX property.

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