OUR

HERITAGE

From the first spark

This famous Australian fireworks family found its spark back in 1922 with Sydney Howard snr, who followed his keen interest in the art of pyrotechnics by manufacturing small quantities of fireworks in Newcastle, New South Wales. As word passed around of Mr Howard’s extraordinary skill, demand for his services increased.

Harry Howard soon joined his father at their new Sydney factory, where they worked together to produce Roman Candles, Mines, Fountains and Aerial Shells. Howard & Sons was commissioned to produce dazzling fireworks displays for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, as well as royal visits to Australia and New Zealand and many of Australia’s major festivals.

Harry’s sons, Les and Syd Howard, were the next generation to join the Howard & Sons team. Some of the jewels in the sparkling crown of their achievements included spectaculars for celebrating the bicentenary in 1970 of Captain Cook landing in Australia, the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973 and for celebrating Australia’s Bicentennial in 1988. Les had designed a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Sydney’s western suburbs in the 1960s, where he concentrated on producing the highest quality fireworks in the world. His perfectionism won the company the prestigious contract to supply Disneyland and Disneyworld in the US, the largest daily users of the fireworks in the world.

To leading edge pyrotechnics today

Today, Les’s sons, Christian and Andrew Howard (fourth generation pyrotechnicians), continue the Howard dynasty, bringing their own individual drive and creativity to the national and international success story that is Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics.

Andrew Howard (company director) has been involved in every major fireworks display the company has presented since 1995. Andrew has a unique style of designing and choreographing pyromusical displays and is now renowned around the world, presenting displays in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, China, USA and Canada, as well as throughout Australia.

Andrew’s experience of large scale and technically challenging events, combined with his knowledge of pyrotechnic products and production logistics, result in spectacular events of the highest standard and allow him to lead an entire production team through every display – large or small.

Christian Howard (company director) has a worldwide reputation for developing new and unique pyrotechnic devices and introducing them to the world. Christian’s innovative product development and creative design in pyromusical displays have been rewarded by winning numerous international fireworks competitions in recent years.

State-of-the-art technology, 92 years, four generations

Together Andrew and Christian, along with their talented team of skilled pyrotechnicians, continue the family tradition of developing and harnessing the power of an ancient science to produce magnificent displays of art with fire, colour, light and sound.

Welcome to the world of Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics.

Our History

1920's
1930's
1940's
1950's
60’s/70's
1980's
1990's
2000's
2010
1920's
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This famous Australian fireworks family found its spark back in 1922 with Sydney Howard snr, who followed his keen interest in the art of pyrotechnics by manufacturing small quantities of fireworks in Newcastle, New South Wales. As word passed around of Mr Howard’s extraordinary skill, demand for his services increased.

1930's
Fireworks-at-Sydney-Harbour 1938

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics produced a fireworks display on Sydney Harbour to celebrate the opening of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. Sydney Howard Snr and a young Harry Howard also produced the largest fireworks display in Australia of the era to celebrate Australia’s 150th Anniversary in 1938.

In the 1930’s Sydney Howard Snr lost his hand in a fireworks manufacturing incident with the cause being reported as mixing chemicals that seem to be incorrectly labeled by the chemical supplier.

1940's
H&S Old Epping Factory

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnic move their fireworks manufacturing operations to North Epping in Sydney. Harry Howard soon joined his father at their new Sydney factory, where they worked together to produce Roman Candles, Mines, Fountains and Aerial Shells.

In April 1941 Harry Howard (28) had his right hand shattered by a premature explosion of a pyrotechnics simulation effect of a hand grenade during a military tattoo exhibition at the Sydney sports ground, during a mock battle scene.

1950's
Old H&S Photo Royal Set Piece 2

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics produce all the fireworks displays in Australia and New Zealand for the royal family visits. These displays featured huge set piece structures that outlines the Queens and the Dukes heads and illuminated brightly with colour pyrotechnic lances.

In the late 1950’s the Sydney factory was moved from North Epping to Box Hill near Windsor.

60’s/70's
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The Box Hill factory was now fully operational. Harry’s sons, Les and Syd Howard, were the next generation to join the Howard & Sons team. Some of the jewels in the sparkling crown of their achievements included spectaculars for celebrating the bicentenary in 1970 of Captain Cook landing in Australia, Melbourne’s Moomba Festival and the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973.

1980's
disney

Throughout the 1980’s Les Howard concentrated on producing the highest quality fireworks in the world. His perfectionism won the company the prestigious contract to supply Disneyland and Disneyworld in the US, the largest daily users of the fireworks in the world.

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics win the 1st Prize Gold Medal at the prestigious Monaco International Fireworks Competition and in 1988 Australia celebrated with fireworks like never before for its Bicentennial celebrations around the nation.

1990's
Mines Stadium Rooftop Jakarta Sea Games

Christian and Andrew Howard join the family business. The company develops new computer firing systems to enable fully digitally synchronised skyshows and pyromusicals to be presented.

The expanding Howards team of pyrotechnicians travel the globe presenting impressive displays around Australia, New Zealand, China, Macau, Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Canada, USA, Sweden, Spain, USA, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

2000's
Helicopter City Firework

To celebrate the new millennium fireworks spray across city skylines in spectacular style, taking public events and NYE celebrations to a new level. Howard & Sons Pyrotechnic fully integrate to the state of the art FireOne computer firing system and the manufacturing facility moves to Wallerawang in western NSW.

In 2006 Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics produce the impressive Opening & Closing Ceremonies for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and are contracted again in 2010 for the Delhi Commonwealth Games Ceremonies.

2010
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Howard & Sons add to the trophy cabinet winning the Silver Jupiter at the prestigious Montreal International Competition with the Colours of the Outback pyromusical; featuring the unique sounds of Australian dig-rock band ‘eMDee’ performing live throughout the display. The Bang Collective is born.

Howard & Sons develop a wide range of new special effect products such as Close Proximity Pyrotechnics, Flames, Co2 Jets and Streamers for the indoor and arena entertainment shows such as insane Nitro Circus Live productions that now tour the globe.