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Fireworks guy still gets a kick out of lighting up the sky

Empire State Fireworks owner John Kalament holds up some grand finale shells at the company in Delanson.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Empire State Fireworks owner John Kalament holds up some grand finale shells at the company in Delanson.
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John Kalament remembers his first skyrocket.

“I was at a fireworks display in Amsterdam, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church,” he said. “There was a company that used to be in Schenectady, North American Fireworks. I went over to talk to the guy and he actually let me light off a couple. Once I smelled the smoke and that sulphur smell, I just liked it and eventually started my own company.”

Kalament has been ...

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