Many of you know that I am a licensed pyrotechnician lead operator for the state of South Carolina. With that always comes a busy time of year around July 4th. Here are a few videos from the three shows I did over the holiday. Two were shot under Zambelli Fireworks and the other at my church was my personal shoot. Enjoy!
Moncks Corner Finale (7/1/17)
My Church Northwood Baptist Finale (7/2/17)
Drone Footage from my church show (7/2/17)
Bamberg Finale (7/4/17)
On August 13, 2016, I had the opportunity to reveal the baby gender for the Grinnell’s via a fireworks show. They actually had the doctor’s office call me instead of them to report the results, so they would all be surprised together in a fireworks show. It was such an awesome event.
Here is a collage of pictures from various friends from our annual July 3rd fireworks show at our church, Northwood Baptist Church, North Charleston, SC.
Compliments of Russ Mahaffey Photography
Photo & Video Credits:
Michael & Nancy Carnell
On July 3, 2015 we did the firework show for my church, Northwood Baptist in North Charleston, SC. I made a previous post with pictures; however, this is the post we have been waiting for. We actually had a guy come out and film our shoot from a drone device. I was able to get the video yesterday, and it is posted below. For some reason, there is a 2:30 gap at the beginning, so the video should start at the 2:30 point. It is a long video at 38 minutes, so enjoy.
On Saturday, July 4, 2015, we partnered with Zambelli Fireworks to do a show for the City of Bamberg. My partner Mike Holbert, and his son Lance, and my friend Kevin (trainees) had a busy day. We had about 900 elements in this 1.3 Class B show which consisted of 24 cakes and 3″ to 5″ shells.
I was a great show. We really enjoyed working with Zambelli. We have worked with other companies in the past, and this was such a pleasant experience compared to our past experiences. Everything we could think of needing, they provided for us. I cannot wait to work with Zambelli again in the future.
Now Mike and I have been talking about getting the impressive Cobra 18R2 Firing System for a year now. Well when I pulled up to the shoot site, Mike told me he had a surprise for me. I inquired as to what it was, and he just told me to go open this big black tool box. When I open the box, it was like Christmas, he had got the Cobra 18R2 Firing System and 3 Modules. I can hardly wait to be using this for many years in the future!
Enjoy the remaining pictures.
Here is a video our friend Steve took, it was unfortunately sideways, but you will get the hint.
On Friday, July 3, 2015, my team and I put on the annual fireworks show at our church, Northwood Baptist, in North Charleston, SC. This show consisted of about 80 500 Gram Cakes, 140 2″ shells, and about 70 2″ comets. Below are some pictures and video from the show. I would like to thank Russ Mahaffey, Crystal McCall, Tommy & Skyler Connor, and other church members for the awesome photos and videos you will see below. We also had a drone flying over our show to record it. When I have that footage, I will make an update to the post to include this view.
Here is a slideshow of the pictures.
Here is a couple of videos:
As many of you know, I am a licensed pyrotechnician with the state of South Carolina and the ATF. We are in the process of planning many shows that our team will be doing over the holiday weekend next weekend. Here is a list of shows we will be doing if you would like to come out and support us.
As you can see we will be quite busy this holiday weekend. We are so excited our business is starting to flourish. Should you be interested in fireworks for an event, you can contact me via the About Me page here on the site.
Friday, July 3rd 6-10 p.m.
Northwood Baptist Church2200 Greenridge Road, North Charleston SC
(my annual church fireworks & fellowship)
Friday, July 3rd
Camp Happy Days
Camp Bob Cooper on Lake Marion
Saturday, July 4th
City of Bamberg
Saturday, July 4th
City of Calhoun
Here is a link to some past events we have been a part of.
Thanks for your support and have a safe and happy Fourth of July.
On Saturday, October 25th, we held a fireworks show at the Highland Baptist Church in Orangeburg, SC. This was done at my firework partner, Mike’s church. The were having a Fall pig picking, and wanted us to do a fireworks show to end the evening. There were about 250 people in attendance for the show.
The show consisted of about 30-40 200 gram cakes, 40-50 500 gram cakes, and 200 2″ or less shells. Because it is Fall, and close to time change, we were able to shoot the show at around 7:30 PM. It was a 20 minute show. Because we were able to shoot earlier in the evening, that made for early clean up, and to get home and to bed at a reasonable hour.
If you have a desire to put on a fireworks show, contact me and we can quote you a price for your desires. My contact information is on the “About Me” page.
Here are some pictures from the show.
As a pyrotechnician I love to watch the Disney fireworks shows for inspiration. Well, Disney has come out with a new show for the summer based on the movie Frozen. It takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I hope they continue it through the end of the year, so I can see it Thanksgiving weekend when we are back down there. It looks great, and involves a lot of the characters from the movie.
Here is more about the show on Disney’s Blog.
As most of my followers know, I am a certified pyrotechnician. The fourth of July weekend is always a big weekend for the company I contract with. I was able to run three shows over the weekend, one being at my church, which I published a post on earlier in the week. On Friday, July 4th, I did a large shoot for the Church at Cane Bay in Summerville, SC. It was just my friend, Travis, who is also certified, and I that did this show. We had some set up help from Richard, who is in the training stages of becoming a certified pyrotechnician. For this show we shot close to 500 shells ranging in sizes from 2.5″ to 5″. It was a great show, other than the finale. The finale fired far too fast. Because the company was so busy with shows, we had to hand fire everything. Because of this, I sticky matched the entire finale together to be lit from one visco fuse. Unfortunately, that did not work. It turned a minute and a half finale into about 12 seconds. It was a huge disappointment, and lesson learned for future shows.
On Saturday, July 5th, we shot the show out at Rocks Pond Campground in Eutawville, SC. This was a smaller show, but still had a lot of elements. For this show we had more help. Our trainee, Richard was back, and the owner of the campground is getting certified, so he assisted in the setup and shooting of the show. We shot this show from the shore of the lake on a peninsula. It was a great show that lasted about 20 minutes. The guys were able to hand fire 2.5 & 3″ shells, and I was able to electronically fire the finale, and it went far better than the night before.
All in all it was a great weekend. Here I write this on the following Friday and I am still trying to catch up on sleep. If you enjoy watching fireworks remember this the next time you watch one. For every minute of show you see, it took the technicians an hour to set it up. So that equates to a 10 minute show possibly taking up to 10 hours to set up. Enjoy a few pictures below from the weekend.