Issue #3

Issue #3

Photography by Angelo Caruana This was another impressive year for the Mount Carmel Pyrotechnic team of Żurrieq. A year you could say culminated on Saturday, July 26th, when Malta’s nighttime skies above Żurrieq filled with intensely bright colors and a creative intermix of innovative pyrotechnic effects. Actually, July 26th was a genuine night of firsts for the company. This because for...

  The Dutch really love fireworks—insanely love fireworks. Maybe that’s an understatement, but it is definitely factual nonetheless, and rarely stated as a simple sentence out loud. It is to the extent they love fireworks that makes them come across as “pyroholics,” however. Yearly, we spend somewhere in the ballpark of 67 million Euro's on legal fireworks. It's hard to...

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...

La Fête du Lac d’Annecy is a standard stop in our annual summer road trip. The ambiance of the city, the people and the amazing shows have made this an unforgettable experience from the beginning. The origin of this buzzing festival goes way back in time, during the annexation of the Savoy to France. In the year 1860 the emperor...

In 2014, the Pyrotechincs Guild International (PGI) returned to the heartland of America in Mason City, Iowa for its annual gathering of over 3,000 members. In addition to the members who attended, tens of thousands of spectators also attended the evening displays during the course of the 7-day event. Regardless of whether you were a member or a spectator, everyone...

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...

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)....

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...

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