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America Celebrates The Coming Of The Festive Season In Style With Fireworks

Welcome 2011, Happy New Year, Seattle Space Needle, red and white blue haze fireworks, Washington, USA

There appears to have been a massive increase in festive spirit lately and nowhere more so that in the USA at the moment.

As the US celebrate Thanksgiving, it is easy to see why their holiday spirit is already well established and they appear to keep the momentum going all the way through until New Year.

With Christmas just around the corner now, we have been searching for some of the big events which are planning to feature fireworks in their holiday build up celebrations.

Here are just a few and a little about the upcoming events:

PLOUGHKEEPSIE – NEW YORK

Poughkeepsie has held an annual Celebration of Lights for the last 9-years and this year is no different.  Including a parade to the shore’s of the Hudson River, there will be a huge fireworks display, a tree lighting ceremony and Santa arriving in Town on the back of a fire engine.  The event costs $5 to attend if you wish to stand on the Bridge over the Hudson but I am quite sure that the fireworks will be seen from all across the City for no cost but as they will be collecting for good causes, I am sure a couple of dollars will find their way into the collection buckets even for those who are unable to visit the River themselves.

MAT-SU VALLEY – SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA

The town has a long tradition of staring the Winter Holiday season with a fireworks display.  It continues to take place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is entering its 14th Year.  Events will include a tree lighting ceremony, the Annual Bachelor’s Ball/Wilderness Woman competitions and is really about celebrating community spirit in the region.

The event is sponsored by businessman Stan Guthrie who sees the event as his opportunity to give back to the community who support small local businesses like his throughout the year.  He has a saying ‘Fireworks spark laughter which builds communities’ which he will strive to continue for as long as he can afford to do so.

WITCHITA – KANSAS

The people of Witchita Kansas are having a ‘Night With Santa’ on Tuesday 4th December between 6:00pm and 8:30pm.  There will be a tree lighting ceremony carnival games, bingo, a cake walk (a bit like musical chairs but you win a cake when you are standing on the right numbered square), a benefit concert and of course, some stunning pyro.

The fireworks will be lit over the beautiful Arkansas River and I am sure will be absolutely stunning.

MANHATTAN – NEW YORK

Manhattan New York celebrates the Centennial of the City with a HUGE fireworks event on December 9th.  There will be two massive state of the art pyro shows set across 8 locations on the Beach and the Pier. The firers have referred to it as a ‘dream show’ and it is certain to wow visitors to the area for its sheer size.

The event will also include the snow-park, five soft sledge runs and bouncing balloons.  Whilst there is no admission to the event, donations of tinned food, unwrapped gifts or cash are accepted as this will be taken for charity.

The event also includes a flyover by the US Navy, a dance party and a rock and roll band.

The upshot of it all is, whilst we do things on a much smaller scale, we are not shy when it comes to celebrating Christmas.  Whether yours is a deeply religious affair, an opportunity to get the family together once a year or indeed a fun-filled event, fireworks can only add to the magic so get yourself along to EPIC FIREWORKS for all your pyro needs.

We are open every day until 5pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on 27th December until New Year’s Eve.  If you have any questions about fireworks, we are here to help so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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A Collection Of American Fireworks Stands By PyroSamm

This is a look at a number of fireworks ‘stands’ in the USA which is either permanently there or simply pop up in time for annual Independence Day 4th July celebrations. Some are really well laid out and smart establishments and others frankly wouldn’t withstand much more than a stiff breeze and offer little or no protection from the elements.

In one of the shots, there are a couple of buxom babes serving – you can bank on this shop selling thousands of whatever she is waving about.

Unfortunately, over in the US, they don’t have a fireworks regulatory body which sets out the regulations for the whole of the Country. Each state creates its own law so one state may have a licence to sell all year round whereas the neighbouring town or city are unable to have fireworks at all.

From watching the film through it is evident that most of the pyro on offer appears to be what we would categorise as 1.4g and are in the main TNT and Black Cat brands.

The US has a central commission which defines what constitutes a consumer firework and they are limited to 500g of powder content. When you compare this to the brilliant Thunderous Finale from Epic Fireworks which has 1548 grams of powder, you can see why ours are bigger, better and louder than anything available to a consumer in the USA.

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Unbelievable Fire Cracker Artwork from the 1950’s

Atta Boy Flashlight Crackers – Fire Crackers. As you can see from the label these mini explosives are “super charged” to ensure the kids of San Francisco blow all of their hand off – and not just their fingers. This artwork is from before 1950 and the young man’s hair cut shows the fashion of the time.

A few things i can see wrong with this one. For a start, using dear old “Santy Claus” to sell fireworks to children is a bit of a no-no. Also, correct me if I’m wrong but the 4th of July is….. in July. Bit out of season but never mind. Also note how these firecrackers have been “extra selected” presumably meaning they were chosen at least twice. Now that is serious selection!

Ok, no prizes for spotting what is wrong with this fire cracker packet from before 1950. Yes, you guessed it, babies playing with fireworks! As if the title itself was not bad enough the artist has taken lengths to portray what a couple of babies with rockets might look like. It could be that we live in a world of health and safety gone mad today but I’m not sure if this is the only alternative. A happy middle ground between a “nanny state” and an “irresponsible nanny” can be found i am sure, in fact i think it was probably found in the 70’s, we just forgot to stop.

This is surely the favourite here. As if baby rockets weren’t bad enough, these are “children brand” firecrackers. While the warning on the packet clearly says ‘do not hold in hand after lighting’, no mention is made of attaching several firecrackers to a piece of string and swirling it dangerously in circles while facing off another child.

Just think for a moment. In the UK, a school banned the playing of conkers (a game involving smashing seeds from a horse-chestnut tree into one another) as it was seen as too dangerous. What this school would make of this scene I am not sure but I have a feeling the word ‘banned’ would pop up again.

Ok so you thought 2 underage miscreants swirling firecrackers in each others general direction was a bit risky, pah, that was nothing.

This ‘China Boy’ has evolved the skill into something reminiscent of scenes from the cutting room floor of the directors cut of “Karate Kid”.

“Plenty big noise” is assured and as you can see from the text, ‘China Boy’ only uses the “very best flashlight crackers”… to singe the barely formed hairs betwixt his toes.

I think it is a good job that the citizens of mid fifties America had a sense of humour and realised that pictures weren’t instructions.

Something I think may have been lost today. I can imagine if such artwork were to be used nowadays a string of lawsuits would surely follow and there would be many a cry of “well little Jonny obviously frazzled his eyebrows off in imitation of the kid on the packet, give me a million dollars please” or words to that effect. In short, we cannot have artwork like this nowadays because as responsible, modern, civilized and cultured people, we cannot be trusted to think for ourselves.

I hope you have enjoyed this trip down insane memory lane, comments and questions are welcomed as always.

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