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2024 Competitors

Team Australia - Foti Family Fireworks

Fireworks have been a tradition for the Foti family since 1793, commencing in Italy before moving to Australia in the early 1950s. Foti is most well known for producing the world-renowned Sydney’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display for the last 27 years. They have produced world-class fireworks shows for events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and annually produce almost 1000 fireworks and special effects shows in Australia and internationally. Foti is Australia’s most-awarded fireworks company with 15 international first-prize awards. This will be Foti’s first competition participation since winning the 2016 Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound and Light Fireworks Competition in Gatineau, Canada. Foti is thrilled to be invited to participate in the prestigious International Fireworks Competition in Traverse City in 2024. 

Foti Family Fireworks

Team Finland - JoHo

JoHo Pyro Professional, a premier fireworks company, ignited its journey in 2004 under the visionary leadership of Johan Holländer. However, prior to this venture, Johan had amassed invaluable experience through years of dedicated service within the fireworks industry across Sweden and Finland.

Beginning with modest origins, JoHo Pyro made a bold debut onto the scene by entering the Finland national championship in 2006 as an underdog, yet emerged victorious, surprising established giants in the field.

Over the years, our expertise has illuminated numerous celebrated events, including the iconic Helsinki fireworks for New Year's celebrations. Our prowess even extended to crafting a bespoke display for the Nuremberg Winter Classic hockey event in Germany, where we proudly set a European attendance record for an outdoor game.

Presently, our accolades include securing gold medals in prestigious international fireworks competitions such as Montreal, Cannes, and Da Nang, solidifying our reputation as industry leaders on a global scale.

While we have dazzled audiences around the world, we are humbled by the opportunity to showcase our artistry in the United States for the first time. The invitation is a testament to our commitment to excellence, and we eagerly anticipate delivering a performance that is not only visually stunning but also deeply emotive.

JoHo - Team Finland

Team India - Morani Fireworks

Morani Fireworks, established in 1937 by Gulamali Morani, is renowned as India's pioneer in the fireworks industry, credited with inventing the consumer firework "Champion" bomb. Under the leadership of Amir Morani, the company revolutionized the fireworks display industry in India with the digital-remote firing technology debuting at major displays across India. Today the creativity & operations are spearheaded by Azan Morani, a certified pyrotechnician trained in the United States at Fireworks by Grucci. Azan has designed, programmed & collaborated with industry leaders creating some of the grandest pyrotechnic spectacles in the world. Azan has also been a participant in multiple Guinness World Record breaking shows in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Some of the recent shows produced by Azan has also won multiple fireworks competitions like Canada's Globalfest in 2021 and UK's Blackpool Fireworks Competition in 2023.  

Some of the company's past memorable events are: ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 & 2023, Honda's Celebration of Light (Vancouver) in 2019, Justin Beiber's World Purpose Tour in 2017, Global Citizen India Festival: Coldplay in 2016, amongst others that can be found on the Morani Fireworks website. 

Morani - Team India

Team Philippines - Blue Peacock

Founded by a collective of passionate individuals driven by their profound love for fireworks, Blue Peacock Fireworks Philippines has emerged as a beacon of innovation and excellence in the pyrotechnics realm. Recognized as one of the Philippines' most promising entities in the industry, our commitment to quality and creativity has earned us acclaim both in Asia and North America.

In a landmark development in 2015, we assumed the role of founding organizers of the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition. This prestigious event not only elevated our stature but also provided a fertile ground for the evolution of our display techniques. Through meticulous attention to detail, we seamlessly melded artistic flair with precision choreography, crafting dynamic performances that resonate deeply with both judges and spectators alike. Each presentation was meticulously tailored to the emotive essence of the accompanying musical selection, ensuring a captivating and immersive experience for all in attendance.

Blue Peacock

Team USA - Pyro Shows

Chad Stanley is Vice President of Pyro Shows of Texas, a division of Pyro Shows, Inc.  With 23 years of fireworks experience under his belt, Chad Stanley is a top-tier pyrotech who has expertise in all facets of professional pyrotechnic displays.  Chad got his start in field operations and shooting displays.  While Chad has advanced through the ranks, in most recent years from general manager to vice president, his years of experience have deemed him an expert in show design, scripting, logistics, pyrotechnic methods, and safety training.  As it comes with the territory, Chad’s “passion for pyro” still keeps him among the action and he leads the pyro crew of some of the most prestigious shows performed by Pyro Shows of Texas. 

As for the company behind it all, Pyro Shows, Inc. is a fireworks display and special effects company providing EPIC shows since 1969 with some of the most qualified talent across the industry.  At Pyro Shows, executing safe and spectacular events is the legendary reputation of the company and is made possible by people who are good at what they do because they do what they love.  With the corporate office in Tennessee and additional offices in Texas, Alabama, and South Carolina, Pyro Shows, Inc. serves the Eastern U.S. and beyond. 

Pyro Shows

Team UK - Selstar Fireworks

Presented By Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel

Selstar Fireworks Ltd was established in 1995 in Sussex United Kingdom, now run by Company Director Stephen Harriott and Display Manager Iain Keightley it has grown to be one of the UK’s leading display companies supplying private parties, public events, and corporate launches across the country.  

Over the years the company has had the pleasure of competing in numerous competitions which have been delivered seamlessly by our team of 40+ firers, results include:- 

  • PyroJam Winner - America 2023 
  • Firework Champions - Belvoir Castle 2023 Closing Display
  • Firework Champions Winner - Belvoir Castle 2022 
  • British Musical Firework Championships 2nd Place 2022 
  • British Fireworks Champion of Champions Winner 2019 
  • British Fireworks Champions Winner 2007 & 2017 
  • Festival of Fireworks 2016 & 2019  

Selstar Fireworks

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