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Excitement Building For PyroFest At Hartwood Acres

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Montblanc)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fireworks on the Fourth of July? Sure.

But fireworks on Memorial Day weekend? While it’s not as common, it’s so Pittsburgh..

The first-ever fireworks festival here in the Pittsburgh area kicks off Monday, and close to $400,000 worth of fireworks will light up the sky over Hartwood Acres on Memorial Day.

The organizers of Pyrofest promise the show will feature displays like you’ve never seen before.

“We’re going to do a ‘sun in the sky,’ where fireworks are going to be firing 365 degrees around in a circle, says Rocco Vitale, of Pyrotecnico.

There will be five themed displays, including a salute to the United States military, a Rock and Roll tribute and daytime, colored smoke fireworks.

The displays are described as massive and only possible because of the size of Hartwood Acres.

“It’s so big and so wide,” Vitale said. “Width is just as important as height on a fireworks display, so we have 1,200 feet of width to work with on this show.”

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Pyrotecnico, the company behind the event, is based in New Castle. The brothers that run it say they’re happy to be able to bring fireworks of this scale and magnitude to their hometown.

“To do it in front of our hometown, and also to do it in front of such firework connoisseurs is a real honor, and we are really excited about the event,” Vitale said.

In addition to the fireworks, there will live music, food and more. So far, more 3,000 tickets have been sold and there are more available.

They cost $18 for adults, $10 for kids.

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