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The Firework Guy Lighting Up The Night Sky Over Canada

Pat Farrell of Sunnyside, Newfoundland has made his childhood fascination into a job in the fireworks field. Aged just nineteen years he decided that he would pursue his dream and started an apprenticeship to become a professional pyro-technician and each time he fired or assisted, he got a little closer to his pro-firer goal. He continued to strive for excellence and after a number of times of helping out and studying he reached his target.

Nowadays, whilst he is fully qualified to do film and television pyrotechnics he would rather fire a small show for the general public both in his home region and on occasions on any number of islands in the Caribbean. He is quoted as saying that the reason is that at least on the more personal events he gets fed!! (I am sure any other pro firers can fully appreciate).

He is predominantly a “specialist” and as such spends most of his fire in a full fire suit loading mortars and affixing pyro to firing boards.

He works for both Nova Scotia based Fireworks FX and has a long list of private bookings providing a packed calendar of events in the forthcoming year including a number of events in Barbados, Antigua and Cuba – oh how he suffers.

Although he loves pyrotechnics of all types he had a particular fondness for aquatic fireworks. These are specially created shells which are shot into the water at a 40 degree angle before being shot into the air. He is one of the few people in Canada trained for this specialist type of firework.

Unlike in the UK, where the vast majority of our fireworks come from China, he remains resolute that the best shells are from Spain as he thinks that they have the brightest and most vivid colours and the reports are incredibly loud and crisp.

Pat says that the one area that he would love to get involved in doing fireworks to live music performances but feels that a refresher might be of benefit.

Of course, being a father of two little girls, whenever they have a birthday, fireworks are of course a must and the final shell is cued to an electronic lighter for the birthday girl to fire.

Here at Epic, we receive emails every week from people asking how to get into the business. On the whole, you will need to enjoy being wet, cold and miserable for the most part and hauling stacks of heavy fireworks around but if you are interested, please go to UKFR (UK Fireworks Review) and ask. The forum is full of professionals and enthusiasts who will happily help you with any questions that you may have and as long as you are prepared to pull your sleeves up, I am sure that they will help you to achieve your goal just as Pat did all those years ago.

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The 5th Philippine International Pyro Musical Competition 2014

WHAT: The 5th Philippine International Pyro Musical Competition
WHERE: Philippine
WHEN: 15th February 2014 – 22nd March 2014

After the mince pies and the last of the turkey has been tucked away, the International Fireworks competitions get under way once again in the Philippines.

This year’s competition takes place between the 15th February and the 22nd March as the best of the best International Fireworks teams from around the world gather to bring home the crown for their country.

The schedule for this year is:

Saturday 15th February 2014
Platinum Fireworks Inc. – the host nation from the Philippines with their opening exhibition.
Howard and Sons Fireworks (Australia)

Saturday 22nd February 2014
Brunchu Pyro Experience (Spain)
Jubilee Fireworks (UK)

Saturday 1st March 2014
Brezac Artifices (France)
Tmaya Kitahara (Japan)

Saturday 8th March 2014
Liuyang New Year Fireworks (China)
Vulcan Europe (Germany)

Saturday 15th March 2014
Oy Pyroman Finland Ltd (Finland)
Royal Pyrotechnie (Canada)

Saturday 22nd March 2014
Atlas Pyrovision (USA)
Platinum Fireworks Inc. – Closing display by the host nation from the Philippines.

This competition is billed as one of the largest and fiercely fought events in the fireworks calendar. Whether this is true or not doesn’t detract from the fact that the competition within the industry is and remains and important part of the progression and honing of the art that is pyromusical.

We would of course like to wish Jubilee Fireworks the very best of luck on 22nd February and we will all be cheering you on from the UK.


Here is a previous blog post about the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition :)

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Plymouth British Fireworks Championships 2014

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WHAT: British Firework Championships 2014
WHERE: The Hoe, Plymouth
WHEN: Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2014
OPENING TIMES: To be confirmed

The details for next year’s British Fireworks Championships in 2014 have been released.

This years event will be bigger and better than ever according to organisers as the beautiful Plymouth Sound plays host to the best display companies in the UK.

Over the two days, Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2013 there will be not less than four tonnes of pyro going up into the night sky.

The event is great fun for all the family and not being over the weekend it involves anyone holidaying or staying in the area to see particularly when they have more than 200,000 people visiting the Hoe to see the next professional team to be crowned British Firework Champions.

The 2013 champions Star Fireworks were awarded Champion of Champions following the shocking weather in 2012 with gale force winds made it impossible to see the fireworks well and the decision was made to hold over the result and re-compete.

We will bring you the running order as soon as it is confirmed as I am sure this is going to be battle royal this time around.

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