From the first spark
Our world-famous but decidedly Australian fireworks family ignited its first spark in 1922 through the work of Sydney Howard senior, whose keen interest in the art of pyrotechnics led him to manufacture small quantities of fireworks in Newcastle, New South Wales. Word soon spread of Mr Howard’s extraordinary talent for harnassing the power of this ancient science and demands for his services rapidly grew. He was forced to expand his business.
Harry Howard joined his father at their new Sydney factory and they worked together to produce Roman Candles, Mines, Fountains and Aerial Shells. Howard & Sons was commissioned to produce dazzling fireworks displays for the Sydney Harbour Bridge opening ceremony in 1932, as well as during 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’ such as the 1970 bicentenary celebrations of Captain Cook’s Australia landing, the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973 and the Australian Bicentennial in 1988. Les went on to design a then state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Sydney’s western suburbs in the 1960s, dedicated to production of prestige quality fireworks to the global market. His sense of perfectionism won the company a highly prized contract to supply Disneyland and Disneyworld in the US, the largest daily fireworks consumers 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 this prestigious company has presented since 1995. Andrew has a unique style when it comes to the design and choreography or pyromusical displays and has made a name for himself in the global pyrotechnics world. He had produced displays throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, China, USA and Canada.
Andrew’s experience of large scale and technically challenging events, combined with his inherited and own knowledge of pyrotechnic products and production logistics, results in hugely spectacular events where his experience in every step of the process allow him to lead an entire production team through every display, whether large or small.
Christian Howard (company director) has a renowned reputation as the developer of new and unique pyrotechnic devices. Christian’s innovative product development and creative design work in the field of large-scale pyromusical displays have been rewarded many times, winning numerous international fireworks competitions in recent years.
96 years of state-of-the-art technology over four generations
Andrew and Christian, together with their talented team of skilled pyrotechnicians, continue family tradition by developing and harnessing the forces and powers of this ancient science to produce magnificent artistic displays of fire, colour, light and sound.
Welcome to the world of Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics.
1960 & 1970
1960 & 1970
See a 60 second showreel of some of our grand spectacular projects. These include large-scale events such as national day celebrations, special ceremonies, major special events and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics has the creative vision, expertise and passion to design and implement the most imaginative, innovative pyrotechnic concepts for your event, no matter what the scale.
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Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics are imagineers, producers and providers of spectacular fireworks and special effects. Download our brochure or for more information please contact our head office or your local area manager.