Meet David Dickstein

David Dickstein is recognized as America’s top pyrojournalist. His syndicated fireworks buyers guide for the California market is read by 20 million annually, including in the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Roseville Press Tribune and Riverside Press Enterprise. A 16-time visitor to China, including tours of major factories in the world’s fireworks mecca of the Hunan Province, David cherishes his long-standing and ethical relationships with many of the industry’s leading fireworks manufacturers and distributors, in addition to the American Pyrotechnics Association. His reviews of non-safe & sane fireworks are exclusive to The Fireworkz Store.

 

 

 David Dickstein

 David Dickstein

 David Dickstein

 


5” Nishiki Willow Shells
– Honest-to-goodness Nishiki Kamuro effect with those mesmerizing hanging willows. Price is also beautiful for these six canister shells from Flashing Fireworks.
5 of 5 Stars
5 stars

Angry Beaver – According to World Class Fireworks, piss off a beaver and not only does he crackle, but changes colors to silver, green, red, blue, pink and orange. Sure makes what Robert Bruce Banner does when gets angry sound dull, just becoming a hulkish green.
5 of 5 Stars
5 stars

Angry Cowboy – This cranky caballero is a one-man shoot-out of brocade tails and crowns, plus crackling stars. Nice to see real blue in a firework.
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Angry Wife – Why anyone would want to buy an angry wife is beyond me, but Screamin Demon makes it easy with a surprisingly pleasant 42-shot cake with lots of color and crackle. Also making up for her nasty disposition are beautiful brocade bursts and falling leaves and flakes.
3 of 5 Stars
3 stars

Ballerina’s Ball – Quite possibly the most magnificent fountain-novelty hybrid on the market. Performance consists of golden pines and spinning red silver augmented with crackles and a whistle, leading up to a beguiling climax of immense bursting silver chrysanthemums. Price may seem steep for a 90-second firework, but when you observe this engineering marvel from Winda both lit and unlit, the cost seems superfluous.
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The Badassery – 500-gram rookie of last season came out hot with 24 badass shots featuring comets that glitter, strobe and crackle. Colorful, too.
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Bat Sh*t Crazy – Despite its child unfriendly name, the whole family will be awed by this powerful Screamin Demon 25-shot cake. Crazy number of effects — strobe mines, brocades, crackling rain mines, fish and chrysanthemum mines – burst in orange, green, red, gold, silver and blue.
5 of 5 Stars
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The Big Slugger – With its sporty baseball bat-themed package and name, you’ll be tempted to swing this super candle instead of being put in the ground as intended. This pyro player from Big Fireworks hits a home run with 96 shots of green and yellow spinners.
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Cowboy Up! – Hard to find Cowboy Brand comes through like Woody with this 15-shot crowd pleaser that reaches for the sky.
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Crazy 9’s – Shoot like the professionals with this rack from Cowboy Brand. Price is high, but so are the nine incredible shots.
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Diablo – Black Cat reaches the legal limit by packing 60 grams in each of the 24 big-breaking canister shells.
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Dragon Rage – These 24 canister shells pack a wallop, hitting the sky hard along with your eyes and ears. A carnival of color and cacophony.
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Evil Clown – World Class’ scary-looking funny man on the label is at least patriotic, face-painted in red, white and blue. This demonic dude is deafening, and that’s a good thing. So are the bursts of periwinkle, purple, yellow and green.
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Giga Mega Jiga – Gotta love those zipper cakes, including this 63-shot repeater with tiger tail zipper tail effects in red, green, yellow and purple. A solid buy that fills the sky from Flashing Fireworks.
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Half Ton – Half Ton looks like he could be the half-brother of Tow Mater of “Cars” fame, but possible relations aside, this nifty novelty, appropriately from Brothers, moves forward and backward with a payload of silver showers and spinning jumping jacks.
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Happy Camper – Appropriately named because that’s what you and your audience will be after watching this 200-gram aerial cake with three stages of whistles, assorted strobes, silver fish and an impressive finale of huge chrysanthemums.
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High Voltage – This 500-gram cake offers a thrilling half-minute of 24 shots of red, green, lemon, sky blue mines and some of the prettiest white glitter around.
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Hit Man – Lighting up the sky with gorgeous magenta, blue, red, lemon, orange and green stars, this 24-shot cake from Flashing Fireworks is a hit, man.
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King Cobra – Fang-tastic novelty that’s ssssuper cool to look at even before lighting it up. The plastic cobra spins with golden fanfare, then spews its venom of silver, red and green sparks.
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The Kings Ring – This 500-gram pro rack super-finale from Big Fireworks is high on price, but high on decibels and grandeur, so if you can afford it, go for it. Nine 3-inch shots feature majestic brocades with color rings and horsetails.
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Kraken – Release the cracklin’ Kraken for a nicely priced 200-gram, 16-shot add-on to your aerial display.
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Light House – New in 2018, this stellar lighthouse-designed fountain from Winda truly lives up to its name at the end with flickering illumination from 18 round windows. Leading up to the cool-looking climax are laser crackles, green and orange sparks, silver and gold chrysanthemums and other effects.
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The Mother Lode – This big bomber from Cowboy Brand lights up the sky. 500 grams are put to exciting use with 16 heavenly shots.
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Mother of All Bombs – Now this is a super finale! When you pay this type of money, you want it to look like a professional aerial display. MOAB from Winda delivers with 9 towering shots, including Nishiki Kamuro, the longest hanging willow effect we’ve seen in a super-finale pro rack.
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Over and Out – For a high-shot (98), low-gram (200) cake with a dumb name and even dumber labeling (a bowling theme?), this T-Sky misfit is surprisingly exciting as it takes on a Saturn missile-like performance.
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Point Break – If you’re looking for a decent value-priced cake, this 16-shot, 200 gramer will satisfy. Nice fluorescent pink, orange, blue and purple.
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Pound the Sky – 12-shot, 500-gram treat from T-Sky yields a unique three-layer performance that creates a 3-D “W” shape. Colorful, too, with pleasing red, white, blue, green, silver and gold. A booming brocade crown makes for a fantastic finale.
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5 stars

Purple Dalia – So much purple coming out of this 500-gram 12-shot cake it’s like watching Barney explode. Great height.
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4 stars

Pyro Professional – Hate the label, but love what’s inside. Not a single one of this cake’s 500 grams is wasted, making for 20 exciting shots that justify the steep price.
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Silent Power – Horsetail breaks give this 15-shot cake a unique horizontal and vertical performance. Also different is how quiet these golden brocade mines are – a plus if you’re into that sort of thing.
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Skull – Halloween comes three months early thanks to this macabre novelty that has purple flame coming out of the mouth of a skull, red flame from its nose and topped by flashing eyes. This bodyless plastic fella also proves he (or she) has plenty of life left with silver crackle coming out of the head, and he whistles, too! The price is anything but scary.
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Sunshine State – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis should be proud of his state’s namesake cake, a 500-gram, 20-shot beauty from Winda with orange dahlias and palms, white strobes and a wide-spreading crackling finale.
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Super Duty – A genuine OMG cake. Here’s how T-Sky describes this glorious 50-shot modern classic: “This angle display cake shows a fabulous blue bouquet with super comet tail at the same time breaking color strobe peony in the sky. A magnificent finale of endless colorful falling leaves mixed with golden brocade crown and pure blue star.” Couldn’t say it better myself.
5 of 5 Stars
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Super Pull String Grenade – Holy smoke! New in 2018, this rookie sensation from Big Fireworks is for anyone looking for thick – and we mean thick – smoke. Pull the ring and behold the spray of red, green, blue, purple and orange smoke.
5 of 5 Stars
5 stars

T-Sky Gorgeous – For a fan-like fountain with little color, this 500-gram beauty dazzles with some of the most intense silver and gold glittering stars ever. The deafening crackle adds to this memorable performance.
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Tank Fountain – This novelty-fountain from Big Fireworks proves that tank-shaped fireworks aren’t a dime a dozen, not that they’re priced that anyway. Wide-spreading crackling sparks make for a big and Big finish.
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3 stars

Truckin Home – 500-gram giant from World Class stands out not only due to its holy-moly size, but its Dixie-dedicated wrapper depicting the Confederate flag and an 18-wheeler. From within are 119 shots of beads, brocades, chrysanthemums, crackles and reports of varied sizes.
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