Crimson Haze News

Spark Fountains — Safe for Your Event?

“Spark fountains” are an exciting special effect that you may have seen on Instagram — big beautiful displays of glittering sparks shooting like magic from small black boxes. So fun! However, many people are surprised to learn that these devices have strict fire code requirements to operate. Here’s some background on the effect and how you can feature it safely and legally at your events.

In 2016, we were in Las Vegas at a lighting trade show where Sparktacular debuted the first “cold spark fountains” to great acclaim. We were impressed and happily put down a deposit. Sparktacular was confident that — despite looking exactly like a pyrotechnic effect — they would quickly convince fire safety professionals that these were not actually pyrotechnics, and thus safe to use everywhere.

Unfortunately, this did not prove true.

In January 2017, Sparktacular sent a company representative to meet with us and Michael Frediani, Captain of Compliance and Special Events at the Seattle Fire Department. Sparktacular demoed their product and shared detailed material safety information.

Immediately afterward, overruling Sparktacular’s marketing claims, the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) decided to classify all “indoor spark fountains” as pyrotechnics.

The SFD’s cautionary stance has been further cemented by the National Fire Protection Agency NFPA #1126, which recommends that all municipal fire departments treat these devices as pyrotechnics, which many cities have followed.

Consequently, there are clear requirements to legally operate these devices in Seattle:

  1. First, spark fountains can only be used in venues pre-approved by the Seattle Fire Department for indoor fire performances. The list of approved venues is very short and can be found at this link
  2. Second, vendors using spark fountains must have a valid Washington State pyrotechnic license and SFD permit #2511 and all related liability insurance. Info on applying for these licenses is here and
  3. Third, every event where spark fountains will be used requires its own unique per-occasion permit, either #7801.1 (outdoor) or #7802 (indoor). These permits are costly, at $1556 (outdoor) and $825 (indoor). Details can be found here

Penalties for ignoring fire code regulations are severe, both for venues where the effect is used, and for vendors providing the effect.

Instead of purchasing spark fountains ourselves, we’ve chosen to partner with an established special effects company that specializes in safe pyrotechnics. We are happy to help bring these beautiful effects to your event, always respecting the permits and safety rules.

If you have questions or would like to discuss featuring spark fountains at an upcoming event, we’d love to hear from you!

Contact us today to discuss lighting and special effects for your event!


Weddings in Woodinville 2019

This year, we had the distinct privilege to collaborate with Elite Events at Columbia Winery. It was so much fun to work alongside such amazing vendors to transform the venue into a vision of “Ultra Luxe”. So pretty!

Above, you can see how we transformed the Barrel Room downstairs at Columbia Winery. Magical!

More photos in our Weddings in Woodinville 2019 gallery!

Contact us today to discuss lighting for your event at Columbia Winery!


Highlight reel from Urban Unveiled 2018

Urban Unveiled 2018 from Bogle Productions on Vimeo.

Check out this highlight reel of Seattle Bride’s Urban Unveiled 2018 from the superstars at Bogle Productions.

This clip illustrates so beautifully why Urban Unveiled is one of our favorite events of the entire year!


Fremonster Spectacular 2018

Join us for the third annual Fremonster Spectacular, a night of non-stop Halloween spectacle on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the amazing Fremont Foundry!

This year is going to be bigger and better than ever!

Hit the dance floor with headlining DJ Jeromy Nail and DJ Kipprawk playing danceable mash-ups and fan favorites. Enjoy sultry gogo dancers from Valtesse Productions, night-club style lighting and special effects from Crimson Haze Event Lighting, live projection visuals from Psychedelic Television, and more.

Be wow’d by captivating aerial and gogo performances by Valtesse Productions, rope suspension art by Seattle Shibari and ultraviolet body painting on gorgeous models in our blacklight room.

Deck yourself out in your best costume for a chance to win the $500 cash prize.

=== FULL BAR ===
Enjoy delicious craft brews and spooky specialty cocktails. Fremonster features multiple bars with a variety of selections.

Indulge in a VIP experience for a private bar and 5 drink tokens in the swanky VIP Mezzanine Lounge, plus many other perks!

=== TREATS ===
Savor complimentary Theo Chocolate sweets throughout the night.

Bread and Circuses food truck will be in the Fremonster courtyard. Cash or cards accepted.

=== VENUE ===
Join us at Fremont Foundry! This unique Seattle venue in the heart of Fremont is the perfect location to celebrate Halloween, with vaulted ceilings for stunning overhead performances, both indoor and outdoor spaces to explore, and a swanky Mezzanine VIP lounge overlooking the main dance party.

Proceeds from Fremonster go to support The World is Fun.


Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine – “Best of 2018”

We are thrilled and honored to learn that we are a top 3 finalist for Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine “Best of 2018” for Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider !

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Seattle Bride Magazine 2018 Awards – “Best Lighting and Audiovisual”

Hooray! We won! ✨🍾

Big love and thank you to our peers and Seattle Bride Magazine for awarding us Best Lighting and Audiovisual for the 2nd year in a row!

We love this inspired, creative community of vendors. Cheers to all the winners and nominees! We are excited to do more amazing, beautiful things with you this year.

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“Best Industry Innovation” Award at ECAA 2018

Wow! We are honored to be awarded “Best Industry Innovation” for the 2nd year in a row! — Thank you ILEA and the Emerald City Applause Awards for this exceptional recognition!

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Introducing Fog Bubbles!

Introducing our unique special effect: Fog Bubbles!

This magical effect combines a special fog machine with a bubble machine, sending a steady flurry of big, opaque milk-white bubbles into the air. When the bubbles pop, they disappear instantly with a delightful puff of “smoke.”

Great for parties, themed events, receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, and more!

Contact us today to discuss Fog Bubbles at your event!


Congratulations, Sydney and Ryan!

Congratulations, Sydney and Ryan!

Beautiful blog post from New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination of Sydney and Ryan’s wedding celebration at AXIS Pioneer Square.

We contributed our antique-style string lights, gobo projection, and wireless uplighting.

So pretty!

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Introducing Dynamic String Lights

Take café-style string lights to the next level with our customizable Dynamic String Lights!

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