Issue #3

Issue #3

  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...

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...

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...

Grucci: A Truly Historic Fireworks Dynasty An Interview with Phil Grucci, CEO Interviewer: Michael Richards Phil Grucci Now that I’ve reached an age when I can begin to look back and marvel at some of the events I’ve personally witnessed or watched on television, I’ve begun to make a mental list of the things that have truly astonished me during my lifetime....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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One of the main purposes of the “Directive of 2007 for Pyrotechnic Articles” was free movement of fireworks in all Member States. As a progressive...

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This Memorial Day weekend my family and I took a trip to Hartwood Acres in Allegany County, Pennsylvania to attend the 3rd Annual Pyrofest...