Private events allow Ocean State Pyrotechnics to keep flame burning in pandemic

RISK AVERSE: John Ruggieri, owner of Ocean State PyroTechnics Inc. in Hopkinton, with Juliana Lima, director of operations. Ruggieri says the business has attained an “impeccable” safety record in its 17 years of operation due to strict rules imposed on top of federal and state regulations. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
RISK AVERSE: John Ruggieri, owner of Ocean State PyroTechnics Inc. in Hopkinton, with Juliana Lima, director of operations. Ruggieri says the business has attained an “impeccable” safety record in its 17 years of operation due to strict rules imposed on top of federal and state regulations. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
John Ruggieri is fed up with the amateur fireworks that had become a nightly fixture during the coronavirus crisis before the Fourth of July. And that’s saying something, given that Ruggieri has spent his life and professional career living and breathing pyrotechnics. His interest in fireworks was sparked by his grandfather, who also worked in…

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