Everyone, except perhaps dogs and people living in war-zones, loves a good fireworks display, and the traditional Finnish Championships in Pyrotechnics event drew a large crowd in the capital on Thursday night. Colourful and bright fireworks displays by the competing companies lit up the sky above the Seurasaarenselkä Bay, much to the enjoyment of the spectators that had gathered on the surrounding waterfronts.
The main viewing area was the Hietaniemi bathing beach, where the spectators could also hear through the loudspeaker system the pieces of music to which each competition entry had been designed.
Hundreds of camera phones were put to good use to record the highlights of the evening.
The most impressive closing climaxes caused the audience to cheer and whistle and clap their hands in appreciation.
The judges paid attention to the shapes and colours of the explosions, as well as their timing in relation to the musical accompaniment. The members of the judging panel said that what they were hoping from each entry was an all-encompassing experience.
In the end, the panel ruled that the Tulitemestarit company from the nearby town of Tuusula had provided the most commendable fireworks display of the evening.
This was the company’s second Finnish Pyrotechnics Championships title in a row.
The competition was now organised for the 15th time. The sponsors of the event were the television channel Nelonen and the City of Helsinki.