Niagara Gazette


July 3, 2013

Flame on! Fireworks company owner readies for the biggest day of the year


Niagara Gazette — His company has been developing the show with casino staff since last November, and thanks to current fireworks technology, was able to send a computerized version to casino officials for pre-approval. 

"This show is really intense for a land-based show," said DiCola, "and (spacing) is a little tight, so we have to be extra careful with the safety." 

Safety is key for fireworks companies, he added. "It can be very dangerous. That's why we provide a lot of safety training."

Actually, while those who work in the fireworks business are up to their ears in holiday explosives right now, the business of beautiful blasts goes on year round.  

Zambelli, who said DiCola is one of the biggest fireworks companies in American, added that while the industry continues to change and grow, some of the most popular fireworks endure, such as the strobing willow shells, which form effects that appear like willow trees and have a long duration, breaking open in the sky and trickling down like rain. 

He noted that viewers also enjoy his company's multiple effect fireworks, which have up to four color changes and chrysanthemum-type breaks, disappearing and reappearing in thousands of tiny, crackling lights.   

In Hyde Park, where the fireworks show will be held at dusk today, Shaw's Orchard Park fireworks company, Skylighters, is handling the display.

Shaw said his company will be producing 20 shows tonight, including a show in the Village of Lewiston on the plateau adjacent to ArtPark.

Independence Day keeps him and his 93 licensed display operators very busy, but demand is growing and more people are planning fireworks shows throughout the year. "After Labor Day we go right into homecomings, weddings, sporting events and concerts, then Winterfest and all the new years celebrations. "We do about 150 shows a year," he said.

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