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Couple Bonds Over Shared Love of Elaborate Pyrotechnic Displays

(Video) Love And rockets: the epic lovy story of Rich and Dee Gibson

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Rich and Dee Gibson have a truly unique love story. The pair first met while skydiving, and clicked over their shared military experiences. Rich, a Vietnam vet, was the pilot, and Dee, a former employee of Army Corps of Engineers, was the jumper. The couple soon embarked on a world-wind romance, planning large, daring and explosive projects together. Their pyrotechnic business, Rich’s Incredible Pyro, is located in Rockford, Illinois, where for the past three decades they have been designing and creating epic combustible displays for air shows.

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