Fireworks by Grucci
Fireworks by Grucci is a fireworks company headquartered in Bellport on New York's Long Island. It has been a family run business since 1850. The company's main fireworks office & operations are in Bellport, NY with a manufacturing and government work factory in Radford, Virginia.
The company traces its pyrotechnic roots to Bari, Italy, where Angelo Lanzetta reportedly was an apprentice to an Italian fireworks family. Lanzetta was the great-great-grandfather of Felix Grucci Sr., after which the company was named.
Grucci Sr. continued to develop the company with such innovations as the stringless shell, which improved fireworks safety by eliminating burning fallout. The company also developed mock atomic bomb tests for the Department of Defense. The Grucci family received accolades for its performance on the Charles River in Boston during the 1976 bicentennial celebration, its first major performance out of the New York tri-state area.
In 1979, the Gruccis became the first American family to win the Gold Medal for the United States at the annual Monte Carlo International Fireworks Competition, an event revered by the fireworks industry as the most prestigious competition in the world. This also earned the family their nickname, "America's First Family of Fireworks," from the New York press.
In 1983, disaster struck the company when an explosion at the company's factory in Bellport, New York killed two family members and heavily damaged dozens of nearby homes. As a result, the company moved its operations from Bellport to Yaphank, New York, a more secluded area.
Grucci's Brookhaven facility is set in a tightly controlled enclosure. Safety is kept at a premium by using caution signs, eight-foot-high barbed wire fencing, and huge sand-and-gravel barriers. In addition, copper plates are placed on the outside of the assembly buildings to discharge static, while no more than four workers are allowed at a time in any one building.
Fireworks by Grucci has adapted the use of technology, including the use of computers to electronically fire the shells. It has also switched from using the traditionally used cardboard gun barrels to fiberglass and steel, which is better able to absorb a misfire.
Fireworks by Grucci has produced fireworks displays for various United States and international events, including:
- Seven consecutive U.S. Presidential inaugurations beginning with Ronald Reagan;
- Statue of Liberty Centennial (1986);
- Brooklyn Bridge Centennial;
- Olympic Games in Lake Placid, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Beijing, and more;
- World's Fairs in Knoxville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Taejon, Korea
Grucci Today 2013
The Grucci family--now in its 6th generation of leadership--has set the standard for state-of-the art, worldwide, large-scale fireworks productions that have illuminated the skies of world-class sporting events and record setting high-profile celebrations to the delight of millions. Based in Bellport, N.Y., with satellite facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oahu, Hawaii, Dubai, U.A.E, Doha, Qatar, Liuyang City, China and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Fireworks by Grucci is synonymous with the concepts of "celebration" and "family", creating unforgettable cherished moments. Their commitment to innovative design and operations has produced glittering moments at seven consecutive U.S. Presidential Inaugurations; the Olympic Games in Beijing, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Lake Placid; notable commemorations such as the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty, and the star-studded extravaganzas such as the grand opening of the Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and The Palm Jumeirah in 2008. Pyrotechnique by Grucci, the Virginia based manufacturing firm in the Grucci group of companies specializes in the precision manufacturing of specialty pyrotechnics and explosives to the highest quality and standards for both commercial, entertainment and military use. For more information about the history and artistic acclaim of Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. and upcoming national and international performances visit www.grucci.com.
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