The nationwide broadcasts of the Independence Day fireworks spectacle near the Statue of Liberty in New York last month is expected to trigger an increase in demand for pyrotechnics in the fall and winter off-season, says the head of a California fireworks company.
Robert Souza, president of Rialto-based Pyro Spectacular, said he expects his off-season business to increase by 30% this year because widespread media coverage of the Fourth of July event has spurred interest in holding fireworks shows in the sports and entertainment community as well as state and local governments.
"We've had calls from cities, corporations, amusement parks and other types of service organizations," Souza said. "People are beginning to realize the high entertainment and promotional value of a black sky canvas covered with bright, bursting shells."
Pyro Spectacular, one of the largest fireworks production companies in the nation, produces more than 400 shows on the Fourth of July, the company claims. Those shows, however, account for only 33% of the company's annual business, compared to about 70% some 10 years ago. The increase is evidence that off-season business is growing rapidly, said James Souza, vice president of Pyro Spectacular.