­Zambelli and Pyrotecnico, Super-Producers of Fireworks Shows

New Castle, Pa., the fireworks capital of America, is home to two of the biggest companies that stage shows for July 4
Fireworks at Epcot in Orlando Photograph by Mel Longhurst/Camera Press via Redux

New Castle, 8 square miles and some 22,000 people, is tucked into the green hills of Western Pennsylvania. In the early 1900s, its tin mills attracted so many workers that New Castle was one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Among the new arrivals were Italian immigrants with a specialized skill: making fireworks. Over the years, five families set up companies in the area, and New Castle became the fireworks capital of America. The town trademarked the nickname in 2006, so make that The Fireworks Capital of America™.

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