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Pyro3 Study Guide

The Pyro 3 exam consists of questions taken from the Fireworks Handbook (2008) published by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The handbook is available in pdf form from the OSFM website,
http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/pdf/fireworks/FireworksHandbook2011.pdf , or from the LUNAR website.

The Fireworks Handbook is a collection of five documents covering the laws that govern fireworks in California, which includes rockets. Much of the material applies to fireworks, special effects, and bulk handling (ie., wholesaling, bulk transport, etc) and is not germane to rocketry or the Pyro 3 license test. The sections listed below should be the subject of your particular attention because of their relevance to rocketry.

I. State Fireworks Law, California Health and Safety Code, Section 12500 - 12726

Read the definitions in chapter 1 for "model rocket" and "model rocket engine" as they are referenced throughout the handbook. You may find yourself referring back to chapter 1 for other definitions.
Skim through the entire document for background information. Chapter 3 (Administration) and Chapter 5 (Licenses) have the most pertinent information.

II. State Fireworks Regulations, Title 19, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 6

This document contains most of the information relevant to the Cal Pyro 3 exam.

Article 2, Definitions
Pay particular attention to the definitions for "Experimental High Power Rocket" and "Experimental High Power Rocket Motor"

Article 3, Licenses
Pay particular attention to the section "License Scope"

Article 5, Qualifications-Examination and Investigation
Pay attention to the section describing the testing and background qualifications for pyro licensees.

Article 7, Seal of Registration and Labeling
Review the registration and seal labeling requirements for rocket motors.

Article 16, Experimental Rockets/Unlimited
This is an interesting read, but it doesn't really apply to the Pyro 3 exam.

Article 17, Model Rockets
Again, interesting reading, but doesn't really apply to the Pyro 3 exam.

Article 18, Experimental High Power Rockets and Motors
This section covers the bulk of the material of the Pyro 3 exam and should be studied closely. In particular, pay attention to the tables of distances and launch site standards.

III. Storage, Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations part 55, Sub-part K

Note the differences in the types of storage. Type IV storage is required for high power motors. Otherwise, skim for background material

IV. Hazardous Materials Transportation, Title 13, California Code of Regulations, Selected Sections

Skim for background material.

V. Model Rocketry, National Fire Protection Association, Code 1122, Referenced Sections

Skim for background material.

I. State Fireworks Law, California Health and Safety Code, Section 12500 - 12726

  • Read the definitions in chapter 1 for "model rocket" and "model rocket engine" as they are referenced throughout the handbook. You may find yourself referring back to chapter 1 for other definitions.
  • Skim through the entire document for background information. Chapter 3 (Administration) and Chapter 5 (Licenses) have the most pertinent information.

 

II. State Fireworks Regulations, Title 19, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 6

    • This document contains most of the information relevant to the Cal Pyro 3 exam.
       
  • Article 2, Definitions
    • Pay particular attention to the definitions for "Experimental High Power Rocket" and "Experimental High Power Rocket Motor"
       
  • Article 3, Licenses
    • Pay particular attention to the section "License Scope"
       
  • Article 5, Qualifications-Examination and Investigation
    • Pay attention to the section describing the testing and background qualifications for pyro licensees.
       
  • Article 7, Seal of Registration and Labeling
    • Review the registration and seal labeling requirements for rocket motors.
       
  • Article 16, Experimental Rockets/Unlimited
    • This is an interesting read, but it doesn't really apply to the Pyro 3 exam.
       
  • Article 17, Model Rockets
    • Again, interesting reading, but doesn't really apply to the Pyro 3 exam.
       
  • Article 18, Experimental High Power Rockets and Motors
    • This section covers the bulk of the material of the Pyro 3 exam and should be studied closely. In particular, pay attention to the tables of distances and launch site standards.

 

III. Storage, Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations part 55, Sub-part K

  • Note the differences in the types of storage. Type IV storage is required for high power motors. Otherwise, skim for background material

 

IV. Hazardous Materials Transportation, Title 13, California Code of Regulations, Selected Sections

  • Skim for background material.

 

V. Model Rocketry, National Fire Protection Association, Code 1122, Referenced Sections

  • Skim for background material.