Chris "Torch" Houston started working with fireworks at a young age bagging customers' orders in return for a few fireworks.
What kid wouldn't want to get paid in firecrackers and bottle rockets?!!
In February 2009, Torch hit 4 deer head on driving home from Fargo, N.D. and realized life is too short to let it slip by. He knew his goal of setting up and performing Class B fireworks shows wouldn't be easy but he couldn't put it off any longer.
After 30 years of working for various retailers in the Red River Valley and the Bismarck/Mandan area, Torch opened 2 locations in Bismarck that summer selling Class C consumer fireworks and putting together shows for all of you. His passion for pyrotechnics has always been obvious, but no one quite expected Torch to light it up like he did!
That first year, Torch brought some amazing new product to Bismarck/Mandan and they were well-received by Torch's long-time customers and the new folks who stopped in to see the "bald man with the big mouth."
2010 was another exciting year for Torch and his company as he acquired his Class B license for professional fireworks and continued to expand his inventory and met even more friends! Bigger tents, bigger bangs, and bigger breaks seemed to be the theme for 2010. Marsha got the hang of things this year; she didn't have any pyro experience and Torch taught her everything she knows (about the pyro...) so 2010 was her year!
In 2011, Torch went big and was able to have 2 additional locations in New Town and West Fargo. A new product line was brought in this year as a new vendor offered a different selection for Torch's friends to pick from. Torch and Marsha had to get used to running things separately after just getting the hang of working together; but it worked and proved to be a great experience for their future.
In 2018, Chris expanded his market to the Omaha / Council Bluffs area.
We want to thank all our customers, friends, supporters and family for continuing to show us you want the best pyro for the best price. We hope that our future with you continues to be as successful as our past has been as we move towards developing new items and expanding to new locations.
You can't stop our Thunder-so roll with it!!