Monday, August 27, 2007

Nagaoka Fireworks Festival - August 2 & 3, 2007

This is one of the most popular fireworks festival in Nagaoka, Japan. Highlights of the festival are 2 x 36" shells

36" Thousand Flowers

36" Brocade waterfall

For more information on fireworks festivals in Japan, go to

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Omagari National Fireworks Competition - Akita, Japan

August 25th 2007. The Omagari Fireworks Competition is held every year on the 4th Saturday of August. It is attended by 760,000 people in a town that has a population of 60,000!

Haga Fireworks setting up for their competition.

All 12" shells set up for the night competition.

View of the audience on the far end from the shoot site. The crane is holding up loudspeakers.

The competition is split up into 3 categories: Day Fireworks, Night fireworks and most creative company. There are about 30 Japanese companies competing in this event. In the night fireworks competition, each team submit 2 x 12" shells followed by a 2.5 minute display to music.

Below are the 12" shells from Haga.

Below is the 2.5 minute display by Haga.

Here is what it looks like watching the competition!

You can either buy tickets for reserved seats or just go early and look for an open area for seating.

Here are a few "square" sections of reserved seating for 6 people.

Monday, August 13, 2007

PGI Fargo "Firestorm" 2007 - John Sagaria's Inspiration

On Friday 10th August 2007 at the PGI Convention, John Sagaria presented his "Inspiration" show which included some of our products.

Here is a photo of John Werner rushing to finish up all the US flag set pieces (thanks to the group of PGI members who showed up at the last minute to help!). The show was terrible to set up due to weather, either threathening to rain or high winds which knocked over set pieces (including the letters I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-I-O-N).

These are segments from John Sagaria's show at the PGI Convention last Friday. We apologise for the motion sickness inducing videos.

Segment 1 starts off with Vulcan Very Loud Diamond Screamer Rapid Fire Fan cakes, then, peacock fans, triple transformation wheels, candle barrages, modular cakes, go getter mines, and some Vulcan shells.

Segment 2 (includes lighting up of the word INSPIRATION)

Segment 3 (with the US flag lance setpiece with Victoria Falls on bottom)