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35 km north of Paris, France (just 32 km from Paris’ Disneyland Resort) is Astérix Parc. If you are familiar with French comics, then you are familiar with “The Adventures of Astérix,” and the stories and illustrations of Albert Uderzo and Réne Goscinny. Astérix Parc is a theme-based amusement part based entirely on the characters in these adventures. The...

Here in the Netherlands when summer holidays are over and people begin going back to work or school, fireworks importers and the companies that sell fireworks start preparing for the fireworks season to begin. Initially they host fireworks sample shows for the shop owners and consumers, then arrange production in China to be pushed to its limit to fulfill...

Put simply, firework displays are not risk free. It is, of course, vital that the risks are carefully assessed and managed and are as low as possible – under the conditions that display will be fired. The process of managing the risks involves all parties – the event organiser, the event producer, the enforcing authorities and the firework contractor...

The Pennsylvania Organization of Recreational Chaos (PORC) is a club who likes to have a lot of fun. We try to bring something unique to the yearly Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention and different events throughout the year. We made 1400 devices for our show in 2013, built a 14 foot wide girandola in 2008, bouncing girandolas in 2010 and...

Written and photographed by Tobias Brevé and Robin Harteveld Our Italian/Sicilian road trip this year actually began in Cannes, Vive la France. We were fortunate enough to get to go the coast of France again to watch Festival d'ArtPyrotechnique de Cannes for the third time. Despite the fact the show was presented on the FrenchCôte d'Azur(the French Rivera), it had...

Back in 2012, after we returned from our very first trip to China, we promised ourselves to return to Nanning again by 2015 to celebrate Chinese New Year. You see, we enjoyed our first trip so much, and we had such an amazing time, we simply had to go back. Great food, great people and over 80 shopping tents...

Malta has been manufacturing phenomenal fireworks for centuries, and regularly uses their astonishing shells in various celebrations throughout the year. Currently, there are over thirty-five fireworks factories located within this small island archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean—all of which are dedicated year-round to the art of pyrotechnics. Although most firework factory workers do this job on a...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Pyrotechnics is an ephemeral art that does not ordinarily allow for rehearsals. Every designer must thoroughly imagine his/her show before the daytime wiring and the nighttime performance. Computers offer somewhat realistic simulations of displays, but cannot begin to capture the true colors, the sound or the pulsing feel of a show. From my experience, the greater the pyrotechnician’s depth...

As most of you already know, Malta is an archipelago of seven islands in the Mediterranean Sea roughly 50 miles south of Sicily. It is really a pair of two large islands, and five smaller ones with a unique and exceptionally old fireworks tradition. Each year from August 8th until August 15th Catholic feasts are celebrated there, culminating in...

Photos, videos: Alexander Kisky & Chrstop Siegmann Additional photos: Elio Cicala Every year on the 3rd Sunday in May, the Italian town of San Severo transforms itself into a veritable paradise for pyro-enthusiasts. Because of this transformation, many people often refer to San Severo as “the city of fireworks.” After all, what more could someone ask for: the streets are packed...

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 thinker and someone who regularly thinks along commercial lines, this sounded like a very positive development for the European market. In many ways, the borders between our countries appear to be shrinking. Not literally, of course,...

Welcome to the wonderful world of traditional Italian fireworks! Written by Marcel Hanse & Leendert van Buren Italian fireworks are very special and well known for two main reasons: their exemplary quality and the intensity of their colors. Around 1292, when Marco Polo was alive and actively trading European goods for Eastern merchandise, he brought back with him a mysterious black powder....

It may not be as big as the PGI convention in the United States, but for pyrotechnic aficionados and fireworks fans throughout the BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) and Germany, The ZENA Trophy is as close as it gets. If there was one thing that the 2014 edition of the ZENA Trophy fireworks festival proved conclusively this year, was that...

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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,...

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