Thanks Dad!

The Korbylos

Scott, Ruth and Dennis Korbylo proudly carry on the fireworks legacy started by Mike Korbylo

Companies History

Starting with the big stuff and then…

From big to “small”

Professional shows and sales

Around the year 2000 Mike bought some property to have a place to shoot the big stuff. After getting licensed to buy, shoot and sell professional grade fireworks he imported his first container full from China. He shot what he wanted and sold the rest. Thus his business, Advanced Technique Fireworks was born. As time went on he imported more and more. This began to include some consumer sized fireworks. Professionals would often use 500 gram cakes and larger shells in their displays. After helping to get the law changed for the state, the next logical step was to open a retail store and sell to everyone.

America's Thunder Fireworks

Selling to the people!

He knew the market and the state well enough to know that Jefferson county wouldn’t be keen to the idea of fireworks sales in a densely populated city. Having lived around Louisville all his life he knew the perfect spot just outside of Louisville to set up shop. He bought our location just south of the Snyder, contracted to have the building built and ordered plenty of fireworks to sell. Sadly just after the floor of the store had been laid he went into the hospital with a heart condition and passed away February 2, 2012. His sons Dennis and Scott then took over the process of putting this business together from the literal ground up.

ATF as initials for everything

Wanna bet?

The story goes something like this… Mike thought it would be clever to name his businesses ATF, similar of course to the government agency that oversees the industry the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives). His peers in the industry said you can’t name your company ATF, his response, “wanna bet”.

Mike also built lots of equipment used in the shooting of professional displays. Almost every product he created used the acronym ATF. This included everything from the Adjustable Tiny Fire rack, which our store still sells to a fully computerized firing system called Automated Time Fire.

Mike Korbylo KY's fireworks hero A fireworks afficinado A great dad and grandfather Loving Husband

One thought on “Thanks Dad!

  1. J. Murphy says:

    We talked about him when we came to visit. I wish I had a chance to meet the guy. We’d have probably put on a show they could see in Etown.

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