Melrose Takes On Texas!

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On October 10th, Melrose Pyrotechnics visited the Reunion Tower in Dallas, Texas, for the 109th Red River Rivalry of the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Tasked with PyroMusical entertainment, Melrose Pyrotechnics fully exploited the sculptural nature of the Geosphere. Pyrotechnic Special FX were installed throughout the 560 foot colossus, in both radial and tangential trajectories. Digital control insured precise placement of all FX, within the musical program, and in concert with the sphere’s LED array.

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Hello from Shanghai!


We are proud to announce that we recently competed and placed first in the 2014 Shanghai Jinshan International Beach Fireworks Festival!

This is the third year that the Jinshan district has held the international festival in its beach city. The festival takes place the first two Saturdays of September each year. Melrose Pyrotechnics previously placed second during the premier festival in 2012!!

So What exactly is the Shanghai Jinshan International Beach Fireworks Festival, you may be asking? China invites the top firework and pyrotechnic display companies from around the world. This year, we competed alongside the top companies from Italy, Mexico, and China. Performances were viewed by an estimated 20,000 spectators between September 6th and September 13th in which the four teams displayed theatrical “Sea Light Shows.” Fireworks were launched from the outer dam of the beach in the East China Sea. Due to the open space the beach provides and the distance from light pollution, Shanghai Jinshan Beach has become the perfect location for firework competitions.

Each year participating teams are able to choose a theme for their choreographed performances. This year, spectators were able to enjoy China’s “A Road of China,” Italy’s “A Bite of Italy,” Mexico’s “Concert Under the Stars,” and our personal favorite (as well as the judges) “Space Trip” displayed by Melrose.

Keep an eye out for more pictures and video of our performance from the festival!

Photo Credit: dpfireworks

Photo Credit: dpfireworks

What’s in a firework, you ask!?


First, I would like to start by saying…we made it!! We made it through the crazy month of July!  There’s still plenty of summer left and lots of firework displays to go, but we made it through our busiest season of the year.  That being said, we would like to say thanks to all our wonderful employees, families, friends, technicians, and most importantly our customers! You guys are the best!

We hope everyone got to watch some spectacular fireworks this year!!

Did you find yourself looking up at the sky, wondering how all those booms, bangs, and bright colors were created up in the sky? The chemistry behind it is truly interesting!  To find out more about this amazing chemistry, check our this in depth video from Dr. John A. Conkling is a Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at Washington College.   Find out just how chemistry works to help us create thrilling fireworks displays!!

Why Fireworks?


With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching…only 15 days!!! We thought it was important to answer the question why fireworks with the help from our friends at the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA).

Who doesn’t love fireworks? The bright colors, loud noises, music and smell of sulfur in the air signifying patriotism and bringing exciting entertainment to all. Along with being a great source of entertainment and all around crowd pleaser, fireworks displays are an economic boom for communities.  Fireworks displays draw large crowds and bring millions of dollars to communities each and every year, explains Julie Heckman, Executive Director of the APA, in their article Fireworks Displays Create An Economic Boom for Communities. Click on the link to read more from Julie Heckman and see quotes from cities and towns nationwide.

Here at Melrose we are amping up and preparing for the most exciting weekend of the year and our favorite holiday!!!  We hope everyone has the chance to get out and experience some spectacular fireworks while celebrating Independence Day this year!! And of course be safe doing so!!


Fright Night Teaser Trailer
Check out the teaser trailer for our upcoming Fright Night display on July 19, 2014 at the 30th edition of the Montreal International Fireworks Competition!
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Gerbs, Fountain, Girandola???

No these aren’t landscaping terms.  Check out this link at the American Pyrotechnics Association to read more about term and definitions in the fireworks industry.  Many names are not what you might think.

Where in the World is Malta?

Malta, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, is a state in the European Union.

Why does this matter and what does it have to do with fireworks, you ask?

Malta is a rich culture that thrives on festivals, feasts and celebrations.  What goes better with a celebration than fireworks??  Not only do fireworks just happen to be a great addition to liveliness of this island, but they play an important role in the history.  The making and use of pyrotechnics in Malta dates back to the Middle Ages.  They have been celebrating special events such, as the election of a new Pope or the birth of a prince with fireworks display for centuries.  This weekend marks the 10th Anniversary of Malta joining the European Union, which of course they will be celebrating in conjunction with the 13th annual edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival.

The Malta International Fireworks Festival starts today and features firework displays from local and international competitors. The displays are beautifully choreographed along the Grand Harbour.  It will end with Grand Finale displays on April 30th.   Check out these sites for more information about this spectacular festival.

Fright Night 2014

Melrose Pyrotechnics is proud to announce that on July 19th, 2014 we will be returning to Montreal, Canada where we will compete in the 30th edition of L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec, the largest and most prestigious pyrotechnics competition worldwide.
This will be our third time competing in L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec. In 2006, we were awarded the Gold Jupiter for our display entitled “Curtain Call” and in 2009, we won the Bronze Jupiter with our display “Reel Love.”
Melrose Pyrotechnics is thrilled to return to La Ronde and present Fright Night, an absolutely unique and terrifying family-friendly experience with witches, monsters, ghosts, and goblins all booming in the sky! With an absolutely unique and original performance, we will be filling the night sky over La Ronde with our impressive collection of fireworks devices designed and manufactured from around the world, all perfectly choreographed to accompany the frighteningly fun music of our Fright Night display. It is sure to be a delightfully scary good time. Be sure to follow us on our facebook page for exciting updates on our display, including surprise multimedia experiences and photos all leading up to our Fright Night performance.

Welcome to Liuyang, China

Boom goes the fireworks!!!

Ever wonder where fireworks were born?

Liuyang, China is the world’s largest manufacturer of fireworks and the birthplace of fireworks.  China alone produces 90% of the global fireworks supply and the city of Liuyang is at the center, producing 60% of China’s annual pyrotechnic exports.  Whether they are building large professional display shells, making black powder, or producing firecrackers and bottle rockets for consumer use, several factories are tucked away in the hills of Liuyang.  While the outskirts of the city are filled with factories actually manufacturing fireworks, the inner city has companies that produce the machinery needed to keep fireworks operations running.  This industry rules this Chinese city and the people are proud of that.  There is even a museum in the center of the city strictly dedicated to fireworks.  They are truly a way of life for the citizens of Liuyang.

For more information check out this great

CNN Travel Article!