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Sydney NYE Fireworks 2014/15

Australia is the first place to televise the welcoming of the New Year fireworks around the Globe and year on year it gets more spectacular.

The event is paid for by the local Sydney Government and it brings in a staggering a 156 million Australian Dollars to the local economy.

The fireworks show for New Year in Australia’s heartland are split into two sections, the first of which is a family event which takes place at around 9:00pm to enable the parents to show the children a beautiful fireworks display before hopefully settling so that the adults can enjoy their celebrations.

The pyrotechnics are the brainchild of Foti Fireworks who are one of a handful of ‘first families of fireworks’ of Italian heritage established in 1793. In 1952, Celestino Foti emigrated to Australia, having been a prisoner of war there in WWII and started off with Vulcan Fireworks before eventually taking ownership of the company with his son Sam in 1969 and he never looked back, staying in the pyrotechnics field right up until he sadly passed away following complications after he received an injury in 2001.

His family continues with the family tradition and I would have thought that by this stage, seven generations later, the pyrotechnics are in their genes!

Sam Foti, Master Pyro-technician, trained in Japan with the best of the best in their field and he actually holds the record for the biggest shell ever made and launched in Australia. It was a massive 24 inch “Silver Kamuro with Multi-shell Pistil” which weighed an incredible 80kg and took 6-weeks to make.

Of course, the first time that Foti did the fireworks was back in 1964 (50 years later and still putting on the best show in the World!!) and they continue with the tradition to this day and go from strength to strength.

The firework stats are impressive:

$156 million to the Australian economy
1 BILLION watch the midnight fireworks Worldwide
The technicians use an incredible 60 km of wiring (that is 196,850 feet of cable!!)
45 firing crew members
100,000 individual pyrotechnics
25,000 shooting comets
11,000 shells

This year’s theme is ‘Inspire’ as the country embraces their multi cultural ethnic mix as they welcome in 2015 as a whole nation.

We will of course be bringing you footage of the event as it unfolds some 11 hours ahead of the start of our celebrations.

All the best for 2015 to our compatriots in the industry who will of course be working hard until the wee small hours to ensure that everyone across the world will have a New Year to remember.


Can I Carry Fireworks On A Plane?

Warning about taking fireworks on the plane!!

Over in the States it appears that there are a massive number of people who try to take fireworks with them when returning home for the 4th July celebrations to such an extent that they have to put out a Public Information Film reminding them that taking fireworks on an airplane (aeroplane) is illegal.

The Transport Security Administration takes steps annually to draw people’s attention to what they can and more importantly cannot take on board a plane.

Last year, the security staff at airports retrieved literally tonnes of fireworks across the States and this is despite of the numerous notifications both in the press, on TV and detailed around the airport. The rules say ‘All flammable and explosive materials, including fireworks, are prohibited at all times’. Fairly clear I would have thought!

July 4th is now only a couple of days away – stay safe and only buy your fireworks from an established retailer – there is an old adage, if it looks too good to be true it probably is!

Finally, if you are here in the UK and plan to have a few fireworks for Independence Day, we will be collating all deliveries to arrive before next Friday so if you need anything, please get your order in as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.



How Do You Say Fireworks Around The World

Fireworks are loved around the World and each country has their own name for pyro.

From their humble beginnings in China to the HUGE displays that many have been fortunate enough to see today, there is little comparison to be had.
That said, I am sure that as far as excitement value is concerned, can you imagine what it was like for the hardworking people in ancient China and the reaction to explosives!

In the last few years we have seen more Guinness World Records broken than ever as the technical applications and firing systems improve and developments in the pyro industry in regards to shape creations moves forward there is a need to ‘show off’.

Over in Europe, where it is accepted that they added the colour and spectacle to fireworks by testing different chemicals, metals and salts they have used fireworks in the majority of religious celebrations for hundreds of years and still continue to do so today.

I believe that the one thing that separates us from the rest of Europe is not having the same religious festivals as we used to do. As a child, every Whitsuntide, my local town held a huge Gala with the usual floats, parades etc and they had fireworks and we all had our new summer clothes, coats and shoes to show off as the family got together at the local park to see the fireworks. However, over the years this tradition fell by the wayside and has never been replaced. In Spain, there is said to a fiesta every day of the Year either on the mainland or the numerous islands and they can turn ANY celebration into a massive excuse for a knees-up ‘wine-a-thon’ firework spectacular at the drop of a hint.

Over in Greece, Easter in Chios means firing rockets from one church tower to the other to try to hit the bell on the other side which is a tradition which harks back to the late thirteenth century.

Two of the biggest display fireworks manufacturing companies in the WORLD are in Europe, Vaccalluzzo and Caballer FX who are known for supplying high quality pyro with some of the best effects in the World today.

The translation for fireworks for each country is:

German: Feuerwerk
Dutch: Vuurwerk (Many thanks to Erik Jansen)
Spanish: Fuegos artificiales
French: Feu d’ artifice
Italian: Fuochi d’artificio
Portuguese: Fogos de artifício (also fogos)
Japanese: Hanabi (also enka)
Korean: Bulkok
Chinese: Yanhua (also huapao)
Indonesian: Petasan
Malayalam (Kerala, India): Vedikettu
Thai: Bangfai (also bongfai)
Malta: Tan-nar
Turkish: Havai fisek
Courtesy of Cynthia Meng from Liuyang, China – “Chinese people say “Hua pao” or “Yan Hua” or “Bao Zhu” for the fireworks and firecrackers! :)
Xie Xie Cynthia :)

If you have any others, let us know and we will add them to the list.