Meet the Foti family behind Sydney’s spectacular show

Growing up surrounded by firecrackers in Campbelltown, Sam’s son Tino, 58, never considered joining the family business.

“During the school holidays, I would just go to the factory with my dad and help out there, we would pack bags of fireworks… You probably couldn’t do that these days, but that’s how we grew up. ” he said.

“It’s just in our blood. There was no pressure to get into the business, we just all ended up there.”

It was a similar story for Giovanni, 35, who immediately started working in 2003 after graduating from school. He said the business has been transformed by technical innovation and while some firecrackers are still made locally, others are made in China.

“The logistics have changed drastically, the import of fireworks has changed, these are obstacles we face all the time,” he said.


Georgia, 23, said she wants to get into the family business because she’s passionate about it.

“I don’t think there are any other conversations besides job interviews. Fireworks are our lives, to put it simply,” she said.

“It has its challenges, but we’re really lucky that we can all talk and communicate, exchange ideas. I think that helps us grow as a company and get new ideas that no one else comes up with. Meet the Foti family behind Sydney’s spectacular show

Callan Tansill

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