KC’s Fireworks Displays was founded on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia, in 1987 by Clive Featherby. Clive was Australia’s youngest ever speedway promoter, having started his career at Redcliffe Showgrounds at the age of 20. It was later when he was hosting speedways at Brisbane RNA Showgrounds, that the idea to start his own fireworks displays company was born.
By 1994, KC’s Fireworks Displays was one of the nation’s biggest fireworks displays companies, and still to this day holds the record for the largest display ever conducted in a stadium. KC’s Fireworks Displays was contracted by the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team to conduct the fireworks for the World Club Challenge versus Wigan at the then ANZ Stadium. The $58,000 fireworks display lasted two minutes – the finale saw 700 aerial shells explode from both ends of the football field in just four seconds, while fireworks exploded from both rooftops and six other locations.
The following year, KC’s Fireworks Displays designed, produced and patented the world’s first ever waterproof fireworks fuse, named “Sticky Match”, at our very own fireworks factory in Helidon, Queensland. This was Queensland’s first ever fireworks facility and, by 1999, KC’s Fireworks Displays were manufacturing and supplying fireworks in 20-foot containers to San Diego’s Sea World.
However, the record breaking didn’t stop there. In the year 2000, the millennium celebrations saw us conduct 107 major fireworks displays on one night in seven different countries. By that time, we were supplying fireworks to Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands for the Australia Day Lord Mayor’s Celebrations and were conducting more than 400 displays across Australia each year.
Also in the year 2000, KC’s Fireworks Displays represented Australia in Macau in the Asian World Pyrotechnic Championships and were awarded a prestigious third place. We also began organising many successful festivals, including the Gatton Festival of Fire and went on to win a prestigious Sunshine Coast Tourism Excellence in Business award.
In 2001, KC’s Fireworks Displays branched out into water screens and developed the world’s first fully mobile, land-based water screen. We were also the first company in the southern hemisphere to use a water screen in a public event – at the Broncos’ ANZ Stadium. KC’s Fireworks Displays were the official fireworks suppliers for the famous Brisbane Broncos for five outstanding years.
The company changed hands briefly in 2002, before returning to Clive Featherby’s ownership in 2003. KC’s Fireworks Displays grew in leaps and bounds, purchasing numerous Monster Trucks, over $100,000 in the latest fireworks remote-computer-firing technology, Jet Quads, an LED big screen and basically any equipment designed to add the ‘wow factor’ to family or corporate event entertainment.
Today, KC’s Fireworks Displays is renowned as a first-class entertainment company providing the absolute best in fireworks within Australia and around the world. Clive and his team strive for perfection in what we do and have built a great company committed to providing our clients with only the best.