Category Archives: Guinness World Record

NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE LARGEST AERIAL FIREWORK

Following on from the devastating first attempt in 2019, the American pyrotechnics expert Tim Borden was determined to give it another go at the earliest opportunity using what they learned.

The 62-inch shell in 2019 failed to reach height and exploded too early. Tim from Steamboat Fireworks made a promise not to give up trying and set about creating another one.

Obviously given its size, it is a feat of engineering and physics to manage to get a shell to launch at around 300 mph in order to reach the height required. This project was around 7-years in the making as Tim made gradually bigger and bigger shells to see what worked and how to eventually get a ton of pyro into the sky and get it to bloom before it falls back to the floor.

One of the issues the first time was that the structure of the shell was not robust enough to tolerate the speed and emotive force so the top of the list of to do’s was to ensure that it was reinforced around the waist of the shell. The wrapped it in 60 MILES of tape which took a full month of 8 hour days of patience.

The launch tube was a 26-foot long steel tube that was buried in Emerald Mountain which was absolutely imperative for the launch of this 2800lb monster shell.

Representatives from Guinness World Records were on site to witness and record the prestigious launch at the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival in Colorado. The time arrived and fingers toes and everything else was crossed as the launch button was depressed and it successfully launched. It took around 10 seconds to reach height before breaking into a mile wide willow break which could be seen across the region.

It was indeed big and bright and I would assume that given the amount of cost and effort put into getting it launch-ready meant that the ‘effects’ were not as important as the launch itself and this one was VERY similar to the Grucci one for the successful UAE launch on NYE 2018.

For more massive fireworks shells – check out the Yonshakudama 🙂

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DUBAI NEW WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT FOR NYE 2020

WHAT: GRUCCI TO MAKE ANOTHER WORLD RECORD BREAKING ATTEMPT IN THE UAE ON NEW YEARS EVE
WHY: WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2019
WHERE: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
COST: FREE

It is no surprise to anyone that Dubai holds numerous Guinness World Records already, and this New Year’s Eve they have sent their sights on adding another two to the list.

Having achieved World Records for the last 2 years running: in 2018 they set the record for the largest aerial shell weighing 1087.26kg and reached a height of around 1127m and on New Year’s Eve 2019, they broke a further two with one for the longest chain of fireworks and secondly for the longest straight line of fireworks in one display.

For 2020 the tourism officials have promised the #RAKNYE2020 will be one of the biggest and best performances yet as they have fireworks, laser pyro drones, and other pyrotechnics on offer to usher in the New Year.

The countdown to 2020 will be opened by the pyro drones that shoot out fireworks and then watch the skies above being lit up in a kaleidoscope of colours and effects as the fireworks along with special Japanese aerial shell fireworks are released into the night sky.

As well as the pyrotechnics, there is plenty to do on the ground as starting from around 5pm, there will be kids activities, food trucks, ice cream stands, live performances, celebrity guests including top performers from around the world gathering together to make the evening one of biggest and best to have ever been seen before.

There are three new venues that have been allocated to watch the fireworks are next to Al Hamra village – Al Shohadah Street and Al Wasi Street between Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra village with special parking areas. All the venues are open for free to the public.

More than 11,000 fireworks were released into the air last year and this is nowhere near enough for the Ras Al Khaimah is now up stepping a gear and plans on going well bigger and better to celebrate the year 2020.

The pyro will be handled by the team from Grucci once again who have proven to be world-beaters in the records books.  The Grucci family moved to the USA in 1870 as one of the original Italian firework families and they still bring joy today, five generations later.

We wish them the best of luck and will bring you some further updates as soon as we have them.

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THE UAE SMASH ANOTHER GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

A great way to start the New Year as the UAE break another World Record for the second year on the trot and they didn’t just get the one – this year they went for the double.

The scene of the all the firework furore was the Capital City of Ras Al Khaimah (aka RAK or historically it was known as Julfar) which is one of the 7 United Arab Emirates attempting to raise its profile on the World stage as a go to holiday destination to rival Dubai or Abu Dhabi as a fast-growing leisure and commercial hub.

The team in charge of the pyro was the World-renowned Fireworks by Grucci who have been in the pyrotechnic business for over a hundred years and today are fifth generation firework specialists.  They are no strangers to the World Record stage as they were responsible for the super shell launched on New Year’s Eve last year, gaining the region the accolade of Guinness World Record for the biggest firework shell launched.

This year, they were initially going all out for the longest straight line of fireworks but decided to include the record for the longest chain of fireworks too.  11,284 fireworks were used and the event lasted 12.06 minutes and included seven themed chapters to the show which also featured 200 drones flying above in the night sky, depicting a falcon spreading its wings majestically.

The display took 300 hours to design with more than 40,000 lines of computer code resulting in the UAE lifting both titles.

Having achieved awards for the last 2 years it does make one question, what could they do to top this next year – we will have to wait and see but our warmest congratulations on the fabulous display and the resulting awards.

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