Conkling, John A.
Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles & Theory.
Marcel Dekker, New York, NY 1986.
A very detailed book on the fundamental
chemical principles involved in the making of fireworks.
John A. Pyrotechnics. Scientific
American, July 1990, pp 96-102.
A good, basic article about how fireworks
DeVincent Hayes, Gianni.
Zambelli: The First Family of Fireworks : A Story
of Global Success. Paul S. Eriksson
(September 28, 2003).
The story of the Zambelli family, the world's
largest manufacturer and exhibitor of fireworks, unfolds in this biography
about an Italian family that came to America in search of a better life
and, through hard work and determination, achieved extraordinary success
in the pyrotechnic industry. The Zambellis have been in charge of some
of the largest and most prestigious firework displays and have contributed
to more than 100 years of Fourth of July celebrations. The moving stories
behind the family and their business are intertwined with information
about how and where fireworks are made, what goes on behind the scenes
at a fireworks show, and what bigger and brighter fireworks will ignite
Family Website http://www.zambellifireworks.com/home.html
Flora, James. The
Fabulous Firework Family. Margaret
K. McElderry; 1st ed edition (March 1, 1994).
Pepito and Amelia live with their parents
in the village of Santiago. They are known as The Fabulous Firework Family
because they create the finest pyrotechnic displays in all of Mexico.
At the request of some dignitaries, they construct the largest, noisiest,
and most colorful firework castillo for the birthday celebration of their
village's patron saint. .A brief prefatory explanation of the tradition
of fireworks in Mexican celebrations is included. Spanish words are included.
Flora's pen and ink illustrations of bright blues, pinks, and yellows
capture the festive atmosphere, and the busy, detailed drawings are fun
to pore over. Lauren Mayer, New York Public Library
Warren. Bonfires & Illuminations: Remembrances
of fireworks and the Fourth. American Fireworks News (AFN),
Dingmans Ferry, PA, 1994.
This collection of poems and articles from
the late 19th and early 20th century provide a fun look at how we once were.
Kuklin, Susan. Fireworks:
The Science, the Art, the Magic.
Hyperion (Juv) (July 1, 1996).
"Ooooh! Ahhh!" The appreciative
cries of delighted onlookers are almost audible in this visually appealing
book on the fireworks produced by the Gruccis of Long Island, New York.
Kuklin takes readers right into the factory where the family and longtime
employees load the shells that will ultimately become Roman candles, blue
and golden spiders, white waves, and more. The clear text describes the
mechanics of fireworks and follows the pyrotechnicians as they prepare
for a show. The stars of this book are the full-color photographs. Glorious
explosions almost burst from the pages, just as the Gruccis' finales fill
the night sky. Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
|Plimpton, George. Fireworks:
A History & Celebration. Doubleday; 1st ed edition (August
The fireworks book about history, practices
and use around the world.
After watching a breathtaking display of fireworks in New York's Central
Park, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis urged George Plimpton to write a history
of fireworks. The result is Plimpton's quirky but interesting memoiristic
musing on fireworks through the ages, replete with fantastic illustrations.
Megan, Bob Wolfe, Diane Wolfe, Robert L. Wolfe. How
It Happens at the Fireworks Factory (How It Happens). Oliver
Press (June 30, 2004) .
Salatino, Kevin. Incendiary
Art: The Representation of Fireworks in Early Modern Europe.
Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Trust Publications (November 1, 1997).
Before the days of MTV and DVD's, fireworks
were one of the most widely popular forms of entertainment. From Shakespearean
plays to celebrations in the court of Louis XIV to the peace celebrations
of 1749 at The Hague, explore the social and historical context of fireworks
in early European culture through historic prints, paintings, and narrative
Shidlovskiy, A. A.
Principles of Pyrotechnics. 3rd edition.
American Fireworks News (AFN), Dingmans Ferry, PA, 1964.
A 1997 revision of this classic work with
an index added for easy reference.
Takeo. Fireworks: Art, Science, and Technique.
New York: Pyrotechnica Pubns; 3rd edition (June 1, 1996).
The favorite volume of fireworks buffs,
Shimizu's text is full of information on both artistic and scientific
topics related to fireworks. You'll also find a detailed history of the
Japanese firework industry and loads of color photographs.
Weingart, George W.
Dictionary & Manual of Fireworks.
American Fireworks News Dingmans Ferry, PA, (January 1, 1996)
A 1996 reprint of his original 1937 works
plus the private letters between Weingart and Orv Carlisle, one of the
eminent fireworks enthusiasts of this century.