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PYROTECH.COM - AND WHO HAS THE OTHER DOMAIN NAMES IN THE PYRO BIZ

by Ken Julian, VP Operations, Entertainment Fireworks, Inc.

In the early part of 1995, I was on the phone with a tech support rep from Northwest Nexus, my ISP (internet service provider) in Bellevue, Washington. I had talked with "John" on many occasions before. We were on a first name basis - he'd always recognize my voice when I called in.

I can't remember why, but out of the blue I asked John how does one go about getting a "domain name". Even though this conversation took place just 5 years ago, the internet was still incomprehendable to most. No easy-to-use  register.com site. What the hec was InterNIC?

John said that Northwest Nexus could do the paperwork and send it off. He asked if I had a name in mind. Well, ok.. I had been in pyro just a short time and so I thought (quickly while on the phone) "pyrotech" would be cool to use. I didn't have a fireworks company then to hang it on, but using a custom domain name for my email address would be at least better than something@aol.com.

John took some other personal statistics and said they'd probably get word back in 30-45 days. At that time the InterNIC was handling domain applications. Did a real committee have to convene and vote or something?

I guess it was about a month later when I received some paperwork in the mail from Northwest Nexus. Sure enough, pyrotech.com was available and had been assigned to, yep, Kenneth E. Julian, and I was off and running with this internet thing. I think I even toasted the occasion. I had a piece of the online pie.

I couldn't wait to send someone, anyone, an email from: kjulian@pyrotech.com.

Looking back, why didn't I tell John to register business.com? Someone with entirely too much money laying around just paid $7.5 million for that 8-letter word. Anyway.

My only brush with selling the name came from a paint manufacturer. The guy said he made fire-resistant paint (huh?) and claimed he should have the name. I asked him to make at least a five-figure offer and only then would I consider a "sell-off". Never heard from him again.

So much for the how-I-got-pyrotech.com story.

It's Year 2000 now and pyrotech.com has a perfect home. Entertainment Firework's "pyrotechnet" website has been up and running 2 years now. The site has gone through many changes, and will continue doing so. Pyrotech.com is hosted in Los Angeles and now has surpassed 10,000 hits a month. Not bad for a very vertical industry website.

Up until now, I haven't paid that much attention to what the rest of the pyro industry was doing with domain names. Sure, Pyro-Spectaculars, Zambelli, Grucci, etc. all have their own. But what about some of the obvious generic names we toss around?

To find out, I spent several hours on the computer and found the answers. Some surprising. Some not. Cakes.com (used in the pyro industry to describe a multiple-shot ground effect) sure enough belongs to someone in the baking industry, while Rockets.com, cleverly, belongs to the National Basketball Association.

The following list is what I came up with. Now - listen closely. IF YOU ARE USING INTERNET EXPLORER version 5.0 or higher, just click (you wouldn't see the little link finger pointing up) on any domain name in the list, and magically, a complete record of who that name is registered to and other vitals will appear. To collapse the information, click on the name again.

IF YOU ARE NOT USING INTERNET EXPLORER version 5.0 or higher, do not click on anything! You will see the complete list.

By the way, I checked, and "shootemupintheair.com" is available (shot em up in the air). Go for it!

(Note: the following information is unedited and is the result of random domain name engine searches on the internet as of Sunday, March 12, 2000.)

  • fireworks.com
    • Registrant:
      Phantom Fireworks (FIREWORKS-DOM)
      555 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
      Youngstown, OH 44502
      US
      Domain Name: fireworks.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Zoldan, Bruce (BZC16) bzoldan@AOL.COM
      BJ Alan Company
      555 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
      Youngstown, OH 44502
      330-746-1064 (FAX) 330-746-4410
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Wilkeson, David (DW369) dave@CBOSS.COM
      cboss Community Network
      7332 Southern Blvd., Suite #3
      Boardman, OH 44512
      330 758-9997 (FAX) 330 758-4326
      Record last updated on 03-Feb-2000.
      Record created on 06-Jan-1995.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • fireworks.net
    • Registrant:
      Ninja Trading Co. (FIREWORKS5-DOM)
      6000 S. Eastern Ave. 11-e
      Las Vegas, NV 89119
      US
      Domain Name: fireworks.net
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      McKoy, Tim (TM3783) rockets@ANV.NET
      Red Rock Trading Co. Inc
      6000 S. Eastern Ave. 11-E
      Las Vegas, NV 89119
      702-798-6091 (FAX) 702-597-2428
      Record last updated on 09-Feb-1998.
      Record created on 09-Feb-1998.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • fireworks.org
    • Registrant:
      NFPA (FIREWORKS6-DOM)
      1 Batterymarch Park
      Quincy, MA 02269
      US
      Domain Name: fireworks.org
      Administrative Contact:
      Gokey, Kevin P (KPG) kpgokey@NFPA.ORG
      N F P A
      1 Batterymarch Park
      Quincy, MA 02269
      (617) 984-7383
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Hostmaster, HarvardNet (HH273) hostmaster@HARVARD.NET
      HarvardNet
      500 Rutherford Ave.
      Boston, MA 02129
      800-772-6771 (FAX) 617 242 6991
      Record last updated on 23-Feb-2000.
      Record created on 16-Jun-1998.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • fireworksdisplay.com
    • Registrant:
      Lantis Display (FIREWORKSDISPLAY-DOM)
      1301 W. 1st St.
      North Sioux City, IA 51103
      US
      Domain Name: fireworksdisplay.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Lantis, Don (DL16641) dmlantis@CS.COM
      Lantis Display
      1301 W. 1st St.
      Sioux City , IA 51103
      712-232-0931
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Nextron Hostmaster (NH37-ORG) hostmaster@NEXTRON.COM
      Nextron Communications, Inc.
      6830 Via Del Oro, Suite 240
      San Jose, CA 95119
      US
      408-574-0200
      Fax- 408-574-0222
      Record last updated on 08-Oct-1999.
      Record created on 08-Oct-1999.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyro.com
    • Registrant:
      Hi Tech Pyrotechnics (PYRO5-DOM)
      1022 Bayard Ave
      St. Paul, MN 55102
      US
      Domain Name: pyro.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Taylor, Jay (JT231) hitech@GOFAST.NET
      HiTech Innovations Inc.
      912 Mendakota Ct.
      St. Paul, MN 55120-1338
      612.688.3100 (FAX) 612.688.3200
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Hostmaster Account (HA2-ORG) hostmaster@GOFAST.NET
      Agiliti/gofast.net Inc.
      3025 Harbor Ln
      Suite 400
      Plymouth, MN 55447
      US
      612-918-2919 support:
      Fax- 651-291-2402
      Record last updated on 24-Jul-1997.
      Record created on 24-Jul-1997.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyro.net
    • Registrant:
      PYROtechnics, Inc. (PYRO3-DOM)
      800 East Northwest Hwy. Ste. 260
      Palatine, IL 60067
      US
      Domain Name: pyro.net
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Kail, Jamie (JK391) pyro@PYROTECHNICS.COM
      PYROtechnics Inc.
      800 E. Northwest Hwy. Ste 260
      Palatine, IL 60067
      (847)991-9345
      Record last updated on 28-Sep-1997.
      Record created on 26-Mar-1996.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyro.org
    • Registrant:
      pyrotechnics (PYRO6-DOM)
      p.o.Box 9088
      canoga, Park ca 91309
      CA
      Domain Name: pyro.org
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Nupuf, Keath (KN101) dom-admin@PROIMAGES.NET
      Proimages Networking
      P.o. Box 9088
      Canoga Park, CA 91309
      (818)-993-6173
      Record last updated on 22-Jan-1999.
      Record created on 04-Jan-1998.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:19:47 EST.
  • pyrotechnics.com
    • Registrant:
      PYROtechnics Inc (PYROTECHNICS-DOM)
      800 E. Northwest Hwy.
      Suite 260
      Palatine, IL 60067
      Domain Name: pyrotechnics.com
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Kail, Jamie (JK391) pyro@PYROTECHNICS.COM
      PYROtechnics Inc.
      800 E. Northwest Hwy. Ste 260
      Palatine, IL 60067
      (847)991-9345
      Record last updated on 30-May-1997.
      Record created on 24-Mar-1995.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyrotechnics.net
    • Registrant:
      Grace Pyrotechnics (PYROTECHNICS3-DOM)
      31 Mayflower Drive
      Wilton, CT 06897
      US
      Domain Name: pyrotechnics.net
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Grace, Timothy C (TCG9) tim@THEGREATBODYSHOP.NET
      Grace Software Services, Inc.
      573 Nod Hill Road
      Wilton, CT 06897
      203-762-2938
      Record last updated on 17-Sep-1997.
      Record created on 17-Sep-1997.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyrotechnics.org
    • Registrant:
      pyrotechnics.org (PYROTECHNICS2-DOM)
      P.o.Box 9088
      Canoga Park, CA 91309
      US
      Domain Name: pyrotechnics.org
      Administrative Contact:
      Hale, Sean (SH2751) sean@XZARK.COM
      Xzark Design
      P.o. Box 9088
      Canoga Park, CA 91309
      (805) 297-1085
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Nupuf, Keath (KN101) dom-admin@PROIMAGES.NET
      Proimages Networking
      P.O. Box 9088
      Canoga Park, CA 91309
      (818)-993-6173
      Record last updated on 22-Jan-1999.
      Record created on 16-Mar-1997.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:19:47 EST.
  • sfx.com
    • Registrant:
      SFX Network Group, LLC (SFX8-DOM)
      650 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
      New York, NY 10022
      US
      Domain Name: sfx.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Kuehn, Blake (BK9282) blake.kuehn@SFXENT.COM
      SFX Network Group
      120 N. Victory Boulevard
      Burbank, CA 91502
      818-526-0777 (FAX) 818-526-0779
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Dinda, Jim (JD14504) jim.dinda@SFXENT.COM
      SFX Network Group
      120 N. Victory Boulevard
      Burbank, CA 91502
      (818) 526-0771 (FAX) (818) 526-0779
      Record last updated on 15-Nov-1999.
      Record created on 03-May-1999.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyrotech.net
    • Registrant:
      PyroTech (PYROTECH3-DOM)
      104 Cottage Dr
      Edwardsville, IL 62025
      US
      Domain Name: pyrotech.net
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Weitzman, Charles I (CIW4) chas@PYROTECH.NET
      PyroTech
      P.O. Box 95
      Edwardsville, IL 62025
      618-876-8679 (FAX) 618-656-8289
      Record last updated on 25-Dec-1999.
      Record created on 21-Oct-1997.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST
  • pyrotech.org
    • Registrant:
      Bill Parker
      BP F/X
      10915 Silkwood Dr
      Houston, Texas 77031-1706 US
      Domain Name: pyrotech.org
      Status: production
      Admin Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Bill Parker (COCO-162202) bparker@flash.net
      +1 713 778 0140 (FAX) +1 713 778 0140
      CORE Registrar: CORE-11
      Record created: 2000-02-19 23:00:59 MET by CORE-11
      Domain servers in listed order:
      Database last updated on 2000-03-12 18:35:14 MET
  • pyrotek.com
    • Registrant:
      Pyrotek Heat Treating, Ltd (PYROTEK2-DOM)
      1 - 6240 202 Street
      Langley, BC V2Y 1N4
      CANADA
      Domain Name: pyrotek.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Croft, Ted (TC488) tcroft@PYROTEK.COM
      Pyrotek Heat Treating Ltd.
      1 - 6240 202 St.
      Langley
      BC V2Y 1N4 CA
      +1 (604) 530-4434
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Support, Technical (ST1513-ORG) support@ALTERNATIVES.COM
      Alternatives
      #15 - 10579 King George Hwy
      Surrey, BC V3T 2X3
      CANADA
      604-589-9620
      Record last updated on 23-Aug-1999.
      Record created on 31-Oct-1995.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyrotek.net
    • Registrant:
      Pyrotek Enterprises (PYROTEK3-DOM)
      ste.5300
      303 Peachtree St.
      Atlanta, GA 30308
      Domain Name: pyrotek.net
      Administrative Contact:
      Garrett, Norman (NG97) garrettn@MINDSPRING.COM
      GP Products
      P.O. Box 768761
      Roswell, GA 30076
      770-355-8164
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Mindspring Domreg (MDP-ORG) domreg@MINDSPRING.COM
      Mindspring Enterprises, Inc.
      1430 West Peachtree St. NW, Ste. 400
      Atlanta, GA 30309 US
      888-932-1997
      Fax- - 404 815-8805
      Record last updated on 15-Dec-1998.
      Record created on 30-Sep-1998.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • pyrotek.org
    • Registrant:
      PYROTEK Inc. (PYROTEK4-DOM)
      P.O. BOX 300
      SWEET VALLEY, PA 18656
      US
      Domain Name: pyrotek.org
      Administrative Contact:
      MEEKO, JOE (JM27422) PYROTEK@EPIX.NET
      PYROTEK Inc.
      P.O. BOX 300
      SWEET VALLEY , PA 18656
      (570)256-3087 (FAX) (570)256-3087
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Registrar, Internic (RI52-ORG) internic-free@REGISTER.COM
      New York, NY 10011
      USA
      212-627-4988
      Fax- 212-627-6477
      Record last updated on 10-Feb-1999.
      Record created on 10-Feb-1999.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.

Under the "pyrotechnic item" name category, here goes:

  • firecracker.com
    • Registrant:
      FIRECRAKER ENTERPRISES INC. (FIRECRACKER-DOM)
      2365 University Ave. Apt 21
      Dubuque, IA 52001
      US
      Domain Name: firecracker.com
      Administrative Contact:
      MWCI.NET DNS Billing (MND9-ORG) dnsbilling@MWCI.NET
      MWCI.NET
      241 Main St.
      Dubuque, IA 52001
      US
      (319)557-8463
      Fax- (319)557-9771
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Operations Center, MWCI Network (MNO) dns@MWCI.NET
      MidWest Communications, Inc.
      241 Main St
      Dubuque, IA 52001
      319-557-8463 (FAX) 319-557-9771
      Record last updated on 09-Feb-1999.
      Record created on 26-Apr-1996.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • gerb.com
    • Registrant:
      Gerb Elektronik GmbH (GERB-DOM)
      Roedernallee 174-176
      Berlin, 13407
      Germany
      Domain Name: gerb.com
      Administrative Contact, Billing Contact:
      Werner, Joerg (JW2304) 100302.1443@COMPUSERVE.COM
      Gerb Elektronik GmbH
      Roedernallee 174-176
      Berlin, 13407
      DE
      (030) 4191235 (FAX) (030) 4191235
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      WWW-Service Online-Dienstleistungen GmbH (WG26-ORG) internic@WWW-SERVICE.DE
      WWW-Service Online-Dienstleistungen GmbH
      Neugablonzer Str. 1
      Neutraubling
      DE
      +49 9401 784200
      Fax- +49 9401 784201
      Record last updated on 29-Oct-1997.
      Record created on 11-Jul-1996.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:19:47 EST.
  • squib.com
    • Registrant:
      Ross Associates (SQUIB-DOM)
      5229 Meadow Creek Dr.
      Austin, TX 78745
      US
      Domain Name: squib.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Ross, James (JR8983) ross@10.COM
      Ross Associates
      5229 Meadow Creek Dr.
      Austin,, TX 78745
      512-416-9023 (FAX) 512-416-9023
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Hostmaster (HO1320-ORG) hostmaster@9NETAVE.COM
      9NETAVE
      110 Meadowlands Pkwy
      Secaucus, NJ 07094
      US
      000-000-0000
      Fax- 000-000-0000
      Record last updated on 22-Jul-1998.
      Record created on 15-Apr-1998.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:19:47 EST.
  • salute.com
    • Registrant:
      Warren R. Royal (SALUTE6-DOM)
      P.O. Box 2487
      Woodstock, GA 30188
      US
      Domain Name: salute.com
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Royal, Warren R (WR48) wrr@MINDSPRING.COM
      RAS.net
      P.O. Box 2487
      Woodstock, GA 30188
      770-516-3705 (FAX) none
      Record last updated on 08-Jan-1999.
      Record created on 08-Jan-1999.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • mortar.com
    • Registrant:
      noname.com
      39120 Argonaut Way, PMB 249
      Fremont,CA 94538
      US
      Domain Name: mortar.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Ye, Yun domains@noname.com
      510-979-1781
      Technical Contact:
      hostmaster, noname.com hostmaster@noname.com
      510 979 1781
      Billing Contact:
      Ye, Yun domains@noname.com
      510-979-1781
      Record last updated on 6-Mar-2000.
      Record Created on 6-Mar-2000.
  • candles.com
    • Registrant:
      Eric Phillips (CANDLES4-DOM)
      65 Lake Ave. Unit 530
      Worcester, MA 01604
      US
      Domain Name: candles.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Phillips, Eric (EP931) eric@WICKSEND.COM
      Wicks' End, Inc.
      100 Grove Street
      Worcester, MA 01605
      508 753-9990 (FAX) 508 753-9923
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Donahue, Kevin (KD1534) kevin@CTOONS.COM
      Donahue Productions
      63 Great Road
      Maynard, MA 01754
      978-897-8332
      Record last updated on 21-May-1999.
      Record created on 17-Jun-1998.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:21:02 EST.
  • cakes.com
    • Registrant:
      Bakery Resources Group, Inc. (CAKES-DOM)
      PO Box 506
      Housatonic, MA 01236
      US
      Domain Name: cakes.com
      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Newmann, Lisa (LN18) lisa@CAKES.COM
      Bakery Resources Group, Inc.
      2275 Rolling Run Drive
      Baltimore, MD 21244
      (410) 944-2001
      Record last updated on 29-Oct-1999.
      Record created on 31-Oct-1994.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:19:47 EST.
  • rockets.com
    • Registrant:
      Rocket Ball, Ltd./LLA Sports, Inc. (ROCKETS-DOM)
      c/o Television and New Media Ventures
      645 5th Ave., 10th Floor
      New York, NY 10022
      US
      Domain Name: rockets.com
      Administrative Contact:
      Administrator, InterNIC (AI110-ORG) internicadmin@NBA.COM
      National Basketball Association
      c/o NBA Television New Media Ventures
      645 Fifth Ave, 10th Floor
      New York, NY 10022
      US
      212.407.8000
      Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Domain Administrator (DA4894-ORG) dns-admin@STARWAVE.COM
      Starwave Corporation
      13810 SE Eastgate Way, ste. 400
      Bellevue, WA 98005
      US
      206.664.4800
      Fax- 206.664.4829
      Record last updated on 29-Nov-1999.
      Record created on 01-Mar-1995.
      Database last updated on 12-Mar-2000 10:19:47 EST.

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