Piwik Tracking

July 4th Spectacular Begins In


The July 4 sky will be exploding by design

July 2, 2016 0

By Dave Schwab Most think of pyrotechnics as a display. For fireworks show designer Sam Bruggema of Pyro Spectaculars Inc., which handles many of the local Fourth of July extravaganzas including Chula Vista’s — it’s an […]

New kind of fireworks show for Poinsettia Bowl

December 29, 2015 0

Original Article — http://goo.gl/sOcqVE SAN DIEGO — James Souza, the man behind some of the nation’s biggest fireworks displays, has only one way to describe the post-game show at Wednesday’s annual San Diego County Credit Union […]

Video from the 2015 KGB Sky Show

September 10, 2015 0

Check out the spectacularly beautiful 40th Annual KGB Skyshow. The show took place on Saturday, September 5th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Thank you to our hardworking crew and spectacular sponsors for a fantastic show!

KGB Skyshow 2015


Port of San Diego Invites Public to Big Bay Boom

June 26, 2015 0

Big Bay Boom 2014Original Post — https://goo.gl/u90qbF
Contact: Marketing & Communications (619) 686-6388 – Published on June 25 2015.

San Diego Bay will light up with the annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show to benefit the Armed Services YMCA on Saturday, July 4, 2015. In addition, the Port is sponsoring fireworks being launched off the iconic Imperial Beach Pier.

This year’s Big Bay Boom will be the 15th annual show that provides spectacular fireworks to over 500,000 viewers around San Diego Bay at 9 p.m. on Independence Day. With title sponsorship from the Port of San Diego, this show is unique in San Diego because fireworks are launched simultaneously from barges around the bay, providing a spectacular waterfront view.

Sandy Purdon, Executive Producer/Founder of the Big Bay Boom, promises another fantastic show. “The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom has become the defining San Diego event on Independence Day and it gets better every year. Thanks to the folks at FOX 5 and KTLA, we are able to reach a huge audience with views of the waterfront of San Diego Bay. We are proud that the show benefits military families and wounded warriors through our support of the Armed Services YMCA.”

This iconic Independence Day celebration will be produced by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza under their San Diego Fireworks banner. Show Producer Sam Bruggema promises a display that’s  “more, bigger, and better in every way” for this year’s show. Known as “America’s Premiere Pyrotechnic Production Company™,” Pyro Spectaculars by Souza produces over 300 shows nationwide on the 4th of July, including the nation’s largest display for Macy’s in New York.

San Diegans are familiar with the work of Bruggema and Pyro Spectaculars, having enjoyed their pyrotechnic mastery at Sea World, the world-famous “KGB Sky Show,” special fireworks for the San Diego Padres and Chargers, the Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls, and scores of Independence Day celebrations from Vista and Mira Mesa to Camp Pendleton, Coronado, Ramona, and Spring Valley.

Pyro Spectaculars CEO James Souza touts the Big Bay Boom as “a tremendous feat — blending modern technology with the ancient art of pyrotechnics. It is our West Coast anchor in Independence Day celebrations literally from sea to shining sea.”

Headquartered in Rialto California, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza regularly produces more than 1,500 shows throughout the world.


The Beauty & Majesty of KGB Sky Show XXXVIII

September 3, 2013 0

KGB Sky Show XXXVIIIOn Saturday, August 31st, 2013, KGB 101 presented the 38th Annual Skyshow at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The show immediately followed the San Diego State University football season opener against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The KGB Skyshow is the largest pyrotechnics display in San Diego and features stunning fireworks display synchronized to awesome rock ‘n’ roll!

A huge thank you to KGB 101, Sycuan Casino, and the other show sponsors. Another huge thank you to the crew for their hard work in bringing the show together. We are already looking forward to KGB Sky Show 39 next year!

Check out the event video and photos below.

KGB Skyshow XXXVIII Video Hightlights:


Get Excited!! KGB Skyshow is coming to San Diego, CA on August 31st!

August 16, 2013 0

KGB Skyshow 2013KGB SKY SHOW is the BIGGEST fireworks show West of the Mississippi AND a San Diego tradition that combines an amazing music soundtrack synchronized to the fireworks from all over the world! Don’t miss KGB SKY SHOW XXXVIII on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium.

KGB and Sycuan Casino present: Sky Show XXXVIII on Saturday (8/31) immediately following the SDSU Aztecs season opener vs Eastern Illinois at Qualcomm Stadium! Kickoff is at 5pm and KGB will be broadcasting in the KGB/Aztec Village in section F1 of the parking lot, leading up to the game.

Check out the excitment of last year!


The KGB Sky Show™ in San Diego

September 25, 2012 0

Another touchstone event for Pyro Spectaculars by Souza!

October 6, 2012 might just as well be the Fourth of July in San Diego this year! That’s when KGB Radio (101.5 FM) will celebrate their 40th Anniversary with the 37th Annual KGB Sky Show.™ The multi-thousand aerial bursts will take to the skies with “the fireworks bar set even higher,” according to Show Producer Ron Dixon. Dixon, who is recognized as “our fireworks guy” by most all of the major San Diego events and venues, has “KGB Sky Show™ in his blood,” and is known in the world of pyrotechnics as a top designer, produce and truly master pyrotechnician.

A Beautiful San Deigo Tradition!History of The Show

Probably the most frequent question we’re asked at Pyro Spectaculars is, “What do you do the rest of the year?” The answer, of course, is: we do about 50% of our annual shows. Though the (4th of July) Independence Day Celebrations take months of planning and preparation, our thousands of “non-seasonal” shows keep us busy indeed.

KGB Sky Show™ began in 1976 through the creativity of three individuals, Rick Leibert, Ron Jacobs and Jim Price as an experiment matching the ancient art of fireworks with Rock and Roll music.

Naturally, the biggest Fourth of July season ever was in 1976 when America celebrated the Bicentennial. And it was in that year that Rick Leibert, promotions director at KGB Radio (101.5 FM), and station executives Jim Price and Ron Jacobs, envisioned a new level of pyrotechnic pageantry. Liebert called his friend (now President and CEO of Pyro Spectaculars) Jim Souza, to see if what they had in mind was even possible. Broadcasting a music track to a massive audience as fireworks burst in precise synchronization from multiple geographic locations had never been done before.  Sousa and Liebert crafted the first “Sky Show™,” and history was made.

Great Music! Fantastic Fireworks! The show was fired from two locations in San Diego: Chollas Park and Fiesta Island,  synchronized via an RF Transmitter and they set a new standard for large-scale fireworks productions. 

Following Sky Show 1, the City of San Diego Police and Fire Departments called a meeting and told KGB that because of the massive traffic jams created by the event, any future events would need to be held at a location designed to handle incredibly large crowds such as San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, now Qualcomm Stadium.

Through the years, many different elements have been ‘experimented’ with in Sky Shows including live talent, lasers, intelligent stage lighting, props, movie special effects, propane flame effects, famous sports celebrities, the Rocket Man, sky divers, marching bands etc. but the key elements that started the concept are still the key players, namely fireworks and rock and roll.

What began in San Diego, in the words of co-creator Rick Leibert as ‘a continuing experiment of the matching of state-of-the-art fireworks with world class rock and roll’, is now practiced world wide in such places as the Hong Kong Chinese New Year, the Australian Bicentenary, the Olympics, the world’s major theme parks, baseball and football clubs, Las Vegas New Years, Korean Independence Day, Jerusalem 3,000 Anniversary, music tours and music videos, concerts, and thousands of other venues world wide where ever fireworks are synchronized and choreographed to live broadcast music.


Pyro Spectaculars… San Diego’s Firework Company Since 1946

August 6, 2012 0

I wish I had a dollar for every time in the past month I was asked about the Big Bay Boom.  You know, that giant fireworks mistake in San Diego on the 4th of July that fired all the fireworks on all the barges in a matter of seconds. THAT WAS NOT PYRO SPECTACULARS!!!!.

While Pyro Spectaculars was not responsible for that particular show we do have a deep history with San Diego. In fact, the roots of Pyro Spectaculars San Diego Fireworks go back 66 years to 1946!Fireworks after a San Diego Padre's Game
Over twenty years ago Pyro Spectaculars acquired San Diego Fireworks. The father of our current San Diego Facility Manager, John Peluso, started San Diego Fireworks in 1946. John grew up in San Diego with fireworks in his blood and a passion for the excitement that fireworks brings to the millions that enjoy shows in San Diego every yeaJohn Pelusor.

Show Producer, Sam Bruggema, also raised and living in the San Diego area, works with John and our other hardworking Pyro Spectaculars professionals to present dozens of displays around the City every year.

Want to see a fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars?  Just visit Sea World San Diego, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, KGB Sky Show, Holiday Bowl, Coronado 4th of July, Ocean Beach 4th of July and countless others. Many events from the Midway and Hotel del Coronado also feature Pyro Spectaculars fireworks and pyrotechnics.  We are proud to be a part of all of these fine displays and to have been chosen based on our long record of professionalism, dependability, and, well, Spectacular fireworks displays.

Fireworks at the KGB SkyshowPyro Spectacular’s next event is the annual KGB Sky Show at Qualcomm Stadium. The show features a magnificent display of fireworks synchronized with great music! The show will immediately follow the SDSU vs. Hawaii football game. Come for he game, but stay for the show! Please click here to get more information about the game and show.

If you want to see the best fireworks (and not all at once) make sure the event you attend will be a Pyro Spectaculars San Diego Fireworks event!