Hello from Shanghai!

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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

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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!

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

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Next Friday, January 31st is the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year. Chinese celebrations will start on Thursday night (Chinese New Year’s Eve) and conclude with the Lantern festival on February 14th this year.  Firework displays have become an important part of this celebration. This tradition started in ancient China, when bamboo stems were filed with gunpowder to create little explosions.  These explosions were believed to drive away evil spirits.  The tradition continued when firecrackers were manufactured and now full fireworks displays are used to scare away evil spirits and signify a joyful time of year.

Along with the fireworks displays and celebrations, each year on the lunar calendar is represented by a Chinese zodiac that is believed to represent qualities of people born during that lunar year.  January 31st, 2014 will start the year of the Horse.  People born in the years 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 have the sign of the Horse.  If you fall into this category you are said to be hard-working, very independent, intelligent, successful, wise, talented and perceptive.  Although you may possess these good qualities, you may also be selfish, impatient, unwilling to take advice, and have a weakness for the opposite sex. Do you belong to the Chinese sign of the Horse?