Spotlight on Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, Inc.
by Max Mitchell
Atlas PyroVision recently represented the United States at the 10th annual Da Nang Festival of Fireworks competition in Vietnam (also known as DIFF2018). Entering for the first time, Atlas decided to throw caution to the wind by participating in the midst of their busy July Fourth fireworks season. This leap of faith paid off when they won second place!
The theme of this year’s international event was “Bridges of Friendship,” commemorating the nation’s many bridges that have helped to shape its history and culture. The organizing committee for the Da Nang competition requested that each competitor’s display highlight the historic, unique, and artistic characteristics of bridges throughout their country and showcase the friendship that unites us all.
This was a five-night event spanning a month that culminated with the final round and closing ceremonies on June 30th. Atlas, representing the United States, competed with seven other countries (teams) including France, Italy, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Poland, Portugal, and Sweden. After the last performance on June 9th, the selection committee chose the team from Italy, Martarello Fireworks, and the USA team to vie for first place in a first-ever “Shoot-off” Pyromusical Grand Finale.
Said Atlas CEO, Steve Pelkey, “We take great pride in our many successes in the pyrotechnic industry, including our latest Gold Jupiter win during the 2012 Montreal International Fireworks Competition, and we were delighted and proud to be part of the Da Nang competition. Each Atlas display consisted of 21- to 23-minute pyromusicals featuring many unique fireworks and presentation styles. Our team members are some of the most talented pyrotechnicians, and they performed remarkably in very hot and humid conditions with temperatures reaching 105 degrees.” Pelkey continued, “Most impressively, the Grand Finale was performed on June 30th while, at the same time, Atlas was performing nearly 300 displays during the weeks surrounding the Fourth of July.”
Matthew Shea, Atlas VP and Technical Director, added, “This was one of the most challenging setups as Atlas fired nearly 3,600 cues utilizing 100 percent wireless technology. The execution of our preliminary display on May 26th allowed Atlas to be selected as a Grand Finale finalist and designated as a Champion for the 2018 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival.”
While the event strained their already jam-packed schedule, displays like this give the Atlas pyrotechnic team the opportunity to experiment with new products and effects. If they are happy with the results, those effects can be incorporated into future displays.
The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce is once again thrilled and honored to be partnering with Atlas PyroVision and Silver Ranch Air Park to bring back the Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks on Saturday, August 18th. The Festival is New England’s premier pyrotechnic display, and this year’s theme is Superheroes. In addition to the fireworks, the event will feature day-long family friendly events and activities, music by Sowa Entertainment, superhero characters, a rock climbing wall, skydivers, food, and souvenirs.
For more information about the Festival of Fireworks and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit jaffreyfireworks.com. If you would like information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Chamber Office.
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