Biggest firework in history

July 12, 2022 • 1:46 pm

This is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest firework every launched. The YouTube notes say that it holds the record for “Largest Aerial Firework”, an is a  62 inch firework ignited over Steamboat Springs Colorado two years ago.

There’s a time delay because, of course, the speed of sound is slower than the speed of light. One punctilious commenter said this:

Fun fact: They are standing around 3 km away Sound is coming 8sec late. Speed of sound 343 m/s 343*8= 2744m so 3km approx.

Here’s another video by someone who filmed it. It shows the pyrotechnic itself (it weighed over a ton!) as well as part of its construction, its launching, and the Guinness award.

10 thoughts on “Biggest firework in history

  1. Ok, from now on this is what both sides should use during a war.

    “INCOMING!!”
    “Ooooooo … ahhhhhhh.”

    1. My dog loves them, but that is a training issue. He associates the sound with the ball cannon.

  2. Fireworks may be a thing of the past in a few years when drone formations take their place. Pet friendly, less expensive, less dangerous, and much greater scope for creativity.

      1. I’m not so sure. It’s still early days. One of the things about fireworks is once you’ve seen them, you’ve pretty much seen them all. I suspect there will be a lot more that can be done with drones. Perhaps they can put lasers on them, launch small fireworks, create smoke that is then illuminated, or whatever. They also might be able to bring the display much closer to the audience, allowing more involvement in the spectacle. There’s presumably still a safety issue but surely it is less than with fireworks.

        1. But fireworks are real, proper chemical explosions. The difference between firework displays and drones with all their fancy electronics is almost visceral.
          I’m not saying a drone display can’t be exciting to watch, only that a good fireworks display will always be better.

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