Massive firework shot over Colorado breaks world record

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO (AP) — A massive firework launched over a Colorado ski resort town has set a record for the world’s largest aerial firework.

The 1,270-kilogramme shell flew 671 metres above the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival before it burst, turning the sky bright red and drawing gasps from the crowd, The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported.

Tim Borden of Steamboat Springs headed the team that developed the firework over seven years. Borden first attempted to set the world record last year, but failed when the shell exploded inside the mortar without lifting off the ground, the newspaper reported.

Guinness World Records representatives witnessed both attempts. Christina Conlon of Guinness said she verified the shell launched on Saturday was the world’s largest.

The firework was 181 kilogrammes heaver than the previous record-holder, a 1,087 kilogrammes explosive launched in the United Arab Emirates in 2018. During a ceremony after the launch to present Borden and his team with their certificate, Conlon said they showed tenacity and perseverance in coming back after last year’s.

A firework launched over Colorado ski resort town of Steamboat Springs. PHOTO: AP