Salute To Tony
The Pennsylvania Organization of Recreational Chaos Ground Level 3 Display at the 2016 Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention in La Porte, IN was a tribute to Tony Pantanella who passed away in 2015. He talked to us about ground displays he used to do in the 60’s and 70’s for Lisbon Fireworks and Zambelli Fireworks. He also showed us original layouts from the displays he shot. We tried to recreate some of the ground displays he did and added other effects we know he would have enjoyed.
We started our display by using whistles the Western Pennsylvania Skylighters used in their 1994 and 1997 shows. The 1994 show (https://youtu.be/2D-z64WS3_A) started with the “da, da, da, da, da, daa, charge” sequence and did that three times to start our display. Thankfully, we still had the original tubes and script the late Fred Ryan created that we were able to use.
We followed the whistles with a pair of Devil Wheels. Next time we will remember to tie the string onto the reports for the wheel on the right side! It did add some chaos to the show and we always like that.
Our next sequence was 81 1” comets.
Next we had some Saxons mounted 14 foot high.
After the Saxons was the popcorn set piece. The corn set piece was 8’ wide and 16’ tall. It used 160 green lance and about 200 yellow popcorn lance.
We followed the popcorn with a Merry Wheel that consisted of seven Saxons.
We had two Chromatrope wheels next.
Next, we had a couple Mascletas and Butterflies.
The La Porte letters were next. These were 6’ wide and 10’ tall. We used a little over 1000 lance for them.
Our PORC logo was next. The pig was on a 24’ wide by 12’ tall frame. The arrows were 12’ from tip to tip. There were about 360 pink lance on the pig and another 360 yellow on the arrows. We had a 14’ tall 6”x6” post that the arrows and girandola were attached to. The girandola was 36” wide and had 18 one pound drivers along with arms to create the helix as it rises.
We followed up the pig and dola with some gerbs. We had some fanned on the ground and others mounted on 14’ tall boards. Then we had the gerb to reports fire.
Last, but not least was our finale. We started it with mines to small reports and then mines with bigger reports along with the comet to report flights followed by flights of comet to bacon grease that ended our display.
We hope everyone enjoyed the display. Please email us if you have any videos or pictures of it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is video of our display: