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I'm a pyrotechnician for events like Macy's 4th of July fireworks. I've worked hundreds of shows, but the adrenaline rush never gets old

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Mike Tockstein shooting pyro at LA Memorial Coliseum for the 2022 NASCAR race. Courtesy of Mike Tockstein
Mike Tockstein is a pyrotechnician for Pyro Spectaculars by Souza based in California.
He got his start at 18 as an apprentice and has worked NFL, MLB, and NASCAR events.
Here's what his job is like, as told to writer Jenny Powers.
This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Mike Tockstein, a 42-year-old pyrotechnician from Southern California. It has been edited for length and clarity. I've loved fireworks ever since I was a little boy. Growing up in California, my parents...
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