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.
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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.
WHAT: GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2018 WHERE: RAS AL KHAIMAH UNITED ARAB EMIRATES COST: FREE
Once again, the skies over the beautiful Al Marjan Island will be lit with fireworks, both in celebration of the coming year and in this case, another Guinness World Record attempt.
This year the region will be trying to lift the title of World Record Holder for the Longest Straight-Line Firework Display. The current record, according to GBOWR is an incredible 11.83 kilometers but the event on New Year’s Eve in the UAE is set to blast this out of the water.
The line will be measured from the first bank of fireworks to the last with each station not more than 2 kilometers apart and each site firing at least 300 kilograms of pyro and the attempt MUST last a minimum of 5-minutes.
The beautiful City of Ras Al Khaimah is trying to raise its profile on the world stage in a bid to make it THE go-to destination to try to compete with the more popular places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Plans are for the display to last 12 minutes and will be under the control of the professional firing team from Fireworks by Grucci. They were also responsible for last New Year’s Record-Breaking Shell launch beating the size and weight of the previous winner by a considerable margin.
There are viewing areas all around Al Marjan Islands as well as a choice of family orientated activities which will be open from around 5pm including food trucks, ice cream salons, lemonade corners, live music and performances and face painting for the kids. The shopping mall will also be open for those of you desperate to do a spot of buying.
We will, of course, bring you the news and whether the attempt was successful in the New Year and in the meantime, a very Happy New Year from all at Epic Firework.