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Spectacular Fireworks Light Up Super Bowl City Opening Night

February 1, 2016 0

Original Article —  http://goo.gl/Evn6LM

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Opening night of Super Bowl City in San Francisco kicked off with a bang.

The Macy’s fireworks display dazzled thousands of fans who turned out at Justin Herman Plaza.

The theme of the twelve-and-a-half minute show was blue and gold, representing the golden fiftieth anniversary of the NFL’s Super Bowl Games.

Some 15,000 aerial shells were set off on barges on the bay over a crystal-perfect night sky.

Gary Souza has designed the Macy’s fireworks show for 30 years.

“There’s always a little passion I put into it,” says Souza.

As for Souza’s fireworks finale?

“It’s that ooh and aah moment, when people lose everything… no verbalization, just awe.”


5000 Explosions: Behind The Scenes At San Francisco’s 4th Of July Fireworks Display

July 7, 2015 0

sffireworks 2015Technically, it is not true to say that the city of San Francisco will be lighting off fireworks at Pier 39 for the 4th of July at Pier Fireworks celebration on Saturday night. Instead, a firework show production firm called Pyro Spectaculars by Souza has been contracted to shoot more than 5,000 fireworks from the decks of two barges floating on the Bay. While the show will last around 25 minutes, the planning for SF’s July 4th Fireworks display has spanned several months, multiple continents and miles of bureaucratic red tape.

We spoke to a couple of Pyro Spectaculars show producers about all the work they put into your fireworks. Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars has been handling San Francisco’s July 4th fireworks for more than 40 years, also producing other high-profile displays like the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City. The planning and testing for these shows has been underway for months.

“It really starts back in the fall,” Pyro Spectaculars show producer Matthew Gilfillan said. Gilfillan produces numerous other northern California cities’ displays, first setting a budget with each city’s officials. Pyro Spectaculars then designs a custom show for each city, draws up insurance and transport arrangements and then travels the globe to find the most kick-ass fireworks they can find. “We usually visit China a few times a year, and other countries around the world where fireworks manufacturing is widely prevalent,” Gilfillan said. “We import from all over the world: Europe, Asia and also North America.”

Pyro Spectaculars must then prove regulatory compliance locally with the SFFD, on a state level with the Department of Transportation and federally with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives to get permits and licenses for possessing, transporting and setting off their professional-grade fireworks. “We develop and test our products to make sure that they meet the highest safety specifications,” Gilfillan said, “as well as all of the regulations provided by the dozens of different regulatory agencies that have their hands in making sure that the fireworks that are used are safe, they’re transported in a safe manner and that the equipment that we use to discharge our fireworks is also safe.”

The San Francisco show producer is Pyro Spectaculars’ Jeff Thomas, who is personally producing about 60 cities’ fireworks shows this weekend. The San Francisco fireworks are not set off manually, but instead via elaborately wired computerized ignition systems on board the barges. This Vimeo video shows his crew loading and wiring the fireworks onto the barges for San Francisco’s 2014 4th of July display.

“That process doesn’t start until late in the afternoon [Friday] or first thing in the morning on 4th of July,” Thomas told SFist. “There are two barge locations. One at Aquatic Park, and the other one is positioned near Pier 39. Fireworks are launched from barges out in the water.”

San Francisco’s display will also be choreographed to music. “There is a musical score that’s broadcast locally down at the Aquatic Park area and along the streets,” Thomas said.
And yes, Pyro Spectaculars is prepared for the possibility of fog.

“San francisco has had fog for — haha! — ever,” Thomas told SFist. “It’s not always foggy on the 4th of July but there is a possibility . We’re aware of that so we try to shoot products that have a range of heights and altitudes so that we can hopefully get around that fog.”

“We shoot different style and altitude products specified to go at certain altitudes, knowing that some of the higher ones might not be seen. But we have a good complement of middle-range ones and lower ones,” Thomas said. “We’ve got a nice variety of altitudes in the case that there is fog.”

Whether or not there is fog, the San Francisco 4th of July Celebration fireworks show is Saturday, July 4 at Pier 39. The display is best seen from Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Early arrival is highly encouraged, with Tainted Love playing at 5 p.m., a laser light show at 9 p.m. and the fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m.



Preparations for New Year’s Eve Underway in SF

January 1, 2015 0

2015 Happy New Years!!Orginal Article — http://goo.gl/yxuQpu

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — On Wednesday evening, hundreds of thousands of people will pour into San Francisco to ring in the new year — with a bang.

The city is bracing itself by preparing the fireworks and the police.

Just 15 minutes of fireworks requires days of preparation. “Somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 to 5,000 devices that’ll go off in a 15 minutes period of time,” one man said.

Pyro Spectaculars by Souza loads the barges just steps away from where they set up on the Fourth of July.

But while that show is about dignity and patriotism, this one’s a little different. “This is more elevation and big explosions and it’s truly just a 15 minute rage of explosives,” Pyro show producer Jeff Thomas said.

In the summer, there’s fog and in the winter it’s usually clear. “It’s amazing sometimes when you see shots on YouTube days later of where people actually saw the show from. It’s incredible how far away they can see it,” one man said.


But if you want the best view, there’s only one place. “The Embarcadero Waterfront south of the Ferry Building is where a good vantage point to see the show,” Thomas said.

With all that eye candy, the one thing you can count on out here is a big crowd. Officials are already setting up barricades and if you do plan to be out here pressed up against them in your winter coat, police have some things they’d like you to know. “We want to avoid any tragedies, so take public transportation, hire a car service, take taxis, ferries, whatever it may be, but just don’t drink and drive,” Ofc. Albie Esparza said.

Police will be on DUI patrol and writing tickets for public drinking.

The good news is there are options because BART will run until 3 a.m., Muni and Caltrain will be free.

Uber and Lyft will have extra cars on the road, though they could be expensive when demand is high.

And the taxi app Flywheel will offer a special promotion, offering $10 rides to go anywhere in the city.

“A lot of times with crowds, people are opportunistic and trying to you know steal someone’s smartphone, or purse or wallet,” Esparza said.

Police say go ahead and take pictures, especially of fireworks, just put your phone away when you’re done.


Press for the 75th Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge

May 29, 2012 0

Front Page of the SF Chronicle on May 28, 2012 - http://sfgate.com

News Articles from Print & Web Publications:

  1. San Fransisco Chronicle
    A waterfall of light cascaded from the Golden Gate Bridge and lit up the night Sunday as fireworks turned the San Francisco Bay and shoreline into a kaleidoscope of color…
  2. The Washington Post
    Thousands of people flocked to San Francisco’s waterfront and onto Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday to celebrate the famous span’s 75th birthday…
  3. New York Post
    The bridge was shrouded in fog during part of the day, but skies were clear by nightfall for the 18 minute-long fireworks show…
  4. Atlanta Journal Constitution
    Tens of thousands of people were expected to flock to the area to enjoy a number of events taking place along a section of waterfront stretching from Fort Point south of the bridge to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero.
  5. Brisbane Times
    Tens of thousands of tourists have celebrated the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge in an all-day festival that climaxed with a spectacular display of fireworks above the world-famous orange structure…
  6. San Fransisco AppealPhoto By: Charles Leung - http://www.alienmonkeys.com/
    A spectacular fireworks show Sunday night dazzled the thousands of people gathered along San Francisco’s waterfront in honor of the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary.
  7. Huffington PostThousands of people flocked to San Francisco’s waterfront and onto Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday to celebrate the famous span’s 75th birthday… http://goo.gl/LfD8I
  8. MSNBC
    Fireworks explode over the Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate its 75th anniversary on May 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California…
  9. Marin Indepedent Journal
    A colorful fireworks and laser display elated and dazzled thousands of spectators Sunday night capping the 75th birthday party for the Golden Gate Bridge…
  10. International Business Times
    San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th anniversary on Sunday. The bridge was heralded as an engineering marvel when it opened in 1937…
  11. San Jose Mercury News
    A colorful fireworks and laser display elated and dazzled thousands of spectators Sunday night capping the 75th birthday party for the Golden Gate Bridge…



Happy 75th Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge!

May 29, 2012 0
SF Chronicle Front Page
Click here to read the San Francisco Cronicle article about the show.
The orginial article was published on May 28, 2012.

Monday night’s show for the 75th Birthday Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge was one of the most spectacular firework shows in San Fransisco history! Hundreds of thousands of people lined the shores of San Francisco to watch the fireworks spectacular over the Bay. The show consisted of fireworks being shot from barges below the bridge as well as effects shot from the bridge itself. The show even included a cascading 4200 foot long waterfall of light spanning the length of the bridge. Click here to see a listing of the articles and photos from the event.

Pyro hosted a viewing party for clients, operators and friends of the company. It was great being able to spend time with our client’s outside of producing their show. We shared good food, good drinks and watched a fantastic show together. Below are some highlights of the event. To download high resolution copies of the photos please click here to visit Pyro’s Flickr page.

A huge THANK YOU to our fantastic operators, producers and administrative staff for making the Anniversary Show a success! We could not have done it without your hard work and effort!

75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge

March 20, 2012 0

golden-gate-bridge-75-anniversary-banner1It’s the 75th year of the Golden Gate Bridge and it’s time to celebrate! Join in the 75 Community Tributes program with a variety of activities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Then join the world for the Golden Gate Festival and  Fireworks on May 27, 2012.

For information about a specific Tribute event, please contact the host organization directly. And save the date for May 27 for the big celebration, The Golden Gate Festival!