Issue #3

Issue #3

I have always loved fireworks. My first experience with them was back in 1960, in Sarasota, Florida, when I was six years old. We stayed at a beach resort on the Gulf of Mexico, and the owner was an older man, perhaps 70 or more, who was very friendly. In his shop he had an entire drawer filled with...

Bastille Day is actually “French National Day,” which France celebrates every year on the 14th of July. This holiday commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille, as well as the Fête de la Fédération celebrating the unity of the French people. This is an annual celebration full of military parades, colorfully decorated streets...

Photos by Mary Zastrow I’ve been attending “Pyromania” (formerly known as the “Pyro U St. Louis Shoot”) every year since 2009. This gathering—which continues to grow bigger every year—is now one of the largest pyrotechnic events in the United States. MoPyro (Missouri Pyrotechnics Association: www.mopyro.us) hosts this annual event, but the underlying foundation originated within the Pyro Universe community (www.pyrouniverse.com)....

The answer was yes. What else can an aspiring pyrotechnic show designer say when he’s offered the opportunity to script a large show using up to 16-inch shells? In April of 2014, the event coordinator of the Mid Atlantic Pyrotechnic Arts Guild (and close personal friend Steve Rollins) asked me if I would design the club's biggest show of the...

Iceland, known predominantly for its cold weather (which is not at all accurate), geysers (which is very accurate), the international artist Bjork, and of course, the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption of 2010 (mainly because it briefly disrupted European air travel). But did you know that the Icelandic people harbor an unrivaled love of fireworks that can cause them to literally...

Arras is the capital of the Pas-De-Calais department (located 180 km north of Paris), and is well known for its beautiful belfry or bell tower, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2005. This great historical honor was celebrated by staging a huge firework show that surrounded the bell tower and bathed its buildings in...

Today, Valencia is known for three things: the Paella (a delicious Valencian rice dish), for oranges and for the beauty of its mascletas. That may be an oversimplification of this beautiful city, but these three things certainly add to the fame and charm of Valencia. This article is a brief explanation of the mascletà and it’s symphonic characteristics and...

The team at Pyrotechnic Magazine have work really hard over the past three months to bring you this latest Issue #3 of our publication. We really hope you enjoy reading all 96 pages of it! We would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank all of the advertisers, new and old, that are supporting us. With their...

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Iceland, known predominantly for its cold weather (which is not at all accurate), geysers (which is very accurate), the international artist Bjork, and of...

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I have always loved fireworks. My first experience with them was back in 1960, in Sarasota, Florida, when I was six years old. We...

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