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Pyrotopia group eyes West Field for festival

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By Stacy Lee
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Organizers of a fire arts festival plan to stage their event in Munhall for a second year, but want a larger venue.

“We are hoping to do our second annual Pyrotopia Fire Arts Festival at West Field in October of this year,” Pyrotopia founder Eric Singer said. “We had it last year at The Pump House. We were assisted very much by the fire department, EMS and the police department. We had an excellent experience working with the town's organizations.”

He said 4,000 attended last year's event, far exceeding the 1,000 that planners had expected.

“The first part of the day was devoted to events for kids,” Singer said, “put on by Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Carnegie Science Center teaching kids about chemistry, fire, combustion and light.

“In the evening, we had the festival with performers and artists who work and create sculptures that incorporate fire.”

He said a pewter castor, glass blowers and other artisans that use heat and fire in their work were at the festival.

“It's a heck of a show from what I understand,” Munhall Mayor Raymond Bodnar said.

“We had no incidents or injuries last year,” Singer said. “We have decades, collectively, of experience working with fire and putting on events and promoting events.”

He said Pyrotopia was funded by grants, but it has to be funded this year by organizers. Singer estimated that tickets will be $10-$15 this year.

He said there could be a shuttle service to transport people to and from the field.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or

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