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

Inside the Bears Video



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

Chinese New Year Video

Missed the Chinese New Year Celebration? Bring in the Year of the Horse and watch a small piece of our fireworks display from Saturday, February 1st. It was the largest Chinese New Year display in the United States and featured traditional red, gold, and silver shells. It was held in Chicago, Il and shot off a barge in Lake Michigan.  We were able to battle the freezing cold temps and ice to put on a great fireworks display for the City of Chicago and all its visitors.

Click here to watch the 

Chinese New Year Celebration Video

Japan, Japan!!!


Japanese fireworks are some of the best in the world.  Each year, at the end of summer, the Omagari Fireworks Display takes place in Daisen, Japan.  It started in 1910 and has been drawing crowds ever since. Leading Japanese pyrotechnicians join this event to showcase their talents in, not only Creative Fireworks, but chrysanthemum-type fireworks, and daytime fireworks that utilize colorful smoke in the sky. Only highly skilled entrants are allowed to participate. This event is considered the “Olympics of Pyrotechnics” for Japanese display companies.  It brings crowds of over 700,000 people and tickets for the event are highly sought after.  It is a great festival for the community and pyrotechnicians are honored to be a part of this exclusive event.

Although you may think this event is just fireworks, it takes much more to produce these displays.  The fireworks are perfectly choreographed to music and flow in a manner that produces beautiful shows.  Extensive work is put into these fireworks displays, especially when making the shells.  Japanese shell manufacturers carefully produce each and every shell by hand.  This makes Japanese shell quality hard to beat.  The labor that goes into each shell and display is simply amazing.  The Omagari Fireworks Display is a true example of what fireworks can be and the passion put into this industry. For a more in depth look check out this website!!


Welcome Denis O’Regan!!!

Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc. is proud to announce that we have acquired Denis O’Regan and his company Fireworks Concepts.

With diverse knowledge and abilities, Denis is an artist in various trades. A New Orleans native, he broadened his creative expression to the pyrotechnics industry in 1985. Within a few years, he was working with an international display company. Accomplished in pyromusical design and production management, Denis founded Fireworks Concepts and built a loyal base of special event producers, private, and corporate clients. With 28 years in the industry, Denis is an experienced pyrotechnician, skilled in design, production, and choreography. He has produced shows on three continents, presented seminars on safety and the creative use of pyrotechnics in event production, and won prestigious awards for Technical Production in the special events industry.

We are excited to have Denis as a new Event Producer based in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We welcome him to the Melrose team.






We’re new here!!


Being new to the blogging world, I just want to start with an introduction to our (not so new) pyrotechnics company.

We are a world-class fireworks display company that serves clients throughout the nation and participates in international pyrotechnical events.  Some of our current and past clients include Allstate, Nike, Target, Toyota, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, NASCAR Nextel Cup, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Kane County Cougars, Purdue University, and Make a Wish Foundation.  We have also competed and placed in various international events, some of those being:

  • 1st Place, Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, Da Nang, Vietnam (2013)
  • 2nd Place Jinshan International Beach Music Fireworks Festival, Shanghai, China (2012)
  • 2nd Place, Hanabi World Cup, Nagasaki, Japan (2011)
  • 1st Place, Hanabi World Cup, Nagasaki, Japan (2010)
  • 3rd Place, L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec, Montreal, Canada (2009)
  • 1st Place, Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival, Shanghai, China (2007)
  • 1st Place, L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec, Montreal, Canada (2006) 

Four generations have dedicated themselves to our company and the passion truly shows in our work.  From step one of planning, to performing the event, all the way through the evaluation of the event; there is never a time we aren’t thinking about our client and their vision.  We produce unmatchable entertainment for spectators all over the world.

Now I know you are probably thinking “fireworks, what’s so special about that?”  Well, we are a unique company and provide much more than fireworks.  We produce exhilarating pyrotechnical and pyromusical displays that will thrill any audience. A great deal of preparation and planning goes into each and every display, large or small, to ensure that spectators are highly entertained each and every show.

Our pyromusical displays start with our soundtrack producer, who creates the perfect soundtrack for the client and their spectators.  Our display choreographers then take the soundtrack and “script” pyrotechnic effects to be synchronized with the music.  Everything is timed perfectly to make for an astonishing event. The show is then performed with the safest and most innovative technology by our team of expert pyrotechnicians.

Whether its introductions to an NBA starting line-up, a Fourth of July party, or a weekly show, we can cater to almost any client and produce the most amazing fireworks displays that your audience has ever seen..

With that being said, we would like to use this blog to keep people up to date on, not only our company, but also, facts, changes and innovations in the pyrotechnics industry.  It is such an interesting industry and it is constantly changing and evolving.  We are passionate about what we do and would love to share our knowledge and expertise with the world.