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Thunder Over Louisville 2014

What: Thunder over Louisville
Where: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
When: 12th April – 2nd May 2014

25 years on and “Thunder of Louisville” remains the Largest pyrotechnic event in North America.

Since 1991 Zambelli fireworks have organised the show to celebrate the Kentucky Derby Festival. Sadly, this years event will not have some of the old input following the death of one of the business founders, Lou Zambelli earlier this year who only retired from the family business in December 2013.

With over 60 tons of fireworks this year, this is a show you not only watch but feel as the concrete bases around the spectator’s area vibrate as the shells, some up to one and a half feet in diameter break high above.

The show comprises of 8 massive tractor trailers which hold the launch tubes, some up to 10 feet high and 18 inches in diameter. A staggering 700 miles of cables are painstakingly wired to over 20 firing boards to make up the 28-minute spectacular making the main display bigger than the Barcelona & Atlanta Olympics combined.

There will be literally hundreds of things to do and see throughout the duration of the event from the ‘million dollar hole in one’ competition to a ‘mini fun run’.

As always local radio station LITE on 106.9 WVEZ will be transmitting the show in full.

We will bring you some shots of this year’s Thunder when they become available.


Thunder Over Louisville Event

Thunder Over Louisville (TV Shot)

There is little more loved than a combination of things most of us know and love – TV theme and Fireworks.  With some instantly recognisable themes like Seinfeld, Cheers and Friends, it would be difficult not to sing along.

The annual fireworks display is one of the largest of its kind in the USA and is said to set the scene for the forthcoming Derby Festival, the home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby.

The event, which began way back in 1990, uses an average of 25 tonnes of pyro which is laid out on multiple barges on the river as well as lining the banks and on the bridge which spans the beautiful Ohio River.

The fireworks this year are once again being handled by one of the firework industry’s forerunners, Zambelli International Fireworks own master pyrotechnician Ray Loffredo.  No stranger to pyro-musical, Mr Loffredo and his team are world leaders in technical innovation and are responsible for some arguably the most beautiful displays in the World and they choreograph and create over 1600 shows annually to the delight of tens of thousands of people.

Zambelli Fireworks set up in business when they moved from their native Italy 120 years ago and they have never looked back.

The Thunder Over Louisville event was moved in 1991 and grew and grew.  In 1997, they added an airshow into the mix and today, it remains one of the biggest events in the firework calendar.


Zambelli Fireworks Factory Tour

Fireworker Antonio Zambelli ventured from Italy in 1893 to establish the Zambelli Fireworks Manufacturing Company in New Castle Pennsylvania, which was to become a center for America’s fireworks industry. Building on the grand tradition Antonio began, subsequent generations of Zambellis are now known worldwide for setting the industry standard in design and technology — than exceeding it. Click here to learn more about the Zambelli Fireworks Internationale.