Why Fireworks?

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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!!

 

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.

http://www.maltafireworksfestival.com/
http://www.visitmalta.com/en/miff

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!

Passfire: The Documentary

In the fireworks industry, the term “passfire” represents the passing of fire between the components of a shell. The Passfire documentary, currently in production by the Veverka Bros., is being created to share the global love and passion for fireworks, as well as the cultural significance of fireworks.  The Ververka Bros. are traveling the world to film all aspects of this industry from the manufacturing of shells to the creation of full blown pyromusical productions.  Fireworks are significant for many cultures and are a way of life for many people.  This documentary is being made to showcase fireworks manufactures, who, in some cultures, craft each and every shell by hand, and the passion in this industry, along with the human fascination of fire and pyrotechnics. They have been able to fund this project by asking for backings via Kickstarter and are currently striving to meet their second goal to extend and complete the film.

We are excited for Passfire to be completed. Melrose may even a small part of the film, as they filmed our technicians while setting up for our fireworks display in April of 2013 at the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition in Vietnam.  This is a great opportunity to show our passion and knowledge for fireworks, as well as showcase our talent in fireworks displays and pyromusicals. We can’t wait for the completion of this documentary!

Click here for the teaser trailer and their Kickstarter page

 

Inside the Bears Video

 

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Ever wonder how stadiums gets those rooftop fireworks? This past December, we were visited by the Chicago Bears Football Club.  The show, Inside the Bears, wanted to dig a little deeper into the makings of our stadium rooftop and player introduction fireworks displays. The video about our company aired Saturday, January 18th on Fox and features our very own Event Producer, Wynn Cramer and Creative Director, Matt Peterson, as well as Display Choreographer, Kim Mitzel.  It takes a closer look at the entire process from start to finish.

We perfect the client’s vision utilizing 3D animation, synchronize the firing devices down to 1/10 of a second and complete the set-up by placing all pyrotechnics at strategically chosen locations.  Game times hits, and boom, our pyrotechnics are there to ensure crowd satisfaction and raise the level of entertainment value. All while making certain that safety is the number one priority.

Click here to see the video-ITB: Pyromania

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?