FIREWORKS FUN !
Around the world, the 5th of November is known as Fireworks Night or Bonfire Night. This stems from the unsuccessful Gunpowder plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his conspirators tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, UK. Celebrations generally include fireworks, a large bonfire and an effigy being burned atop it - known as a ‘Guy’ after the infamous Mr Fawkes. Will any of the following records be broken this year?
Fireworks - Largest Catherine Wheel
A self-propelled vertical firework wheel 25.95m 85ft in diameter was designed by the Newick Bonfire Society Ltd and fired for at least one revolution on 30 Oct 1999 at the Village Green, Newick, East Sussex, UK.
Largest firework display
The record for the largest firework display consisted of 66,326 fireworks and was achieved by Macedo'S Pirotecnia Lda. in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, on 31 December 2006.
Longest firework waterfall
The world's longest firework waterfall was the 'Niagara Falls', which measured 3,125.79 m (10,255 ft 2.5 in) when ignited on 24 August 2003 at the Ariake Seas Fireworks Festival, Fukuoka, Japan.
Most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds
The record for the most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds is 56,405, in an attempt organised by Dr Roy Lowry (UK), at the 10th British Firework Championship in Plymouth, UK, on 16 August 2006.
The largest bonfire had an overall volume of 1,401.6 m³ (49,497 ft³). The bonfire was built by Colin Furze (UK) in Thistleton, Leicestershire, UK, and lit on 14 October 2006.
The world's tallest bonfire tondo measured 37.5 m (123 ft) high, with a base of 8 m² (86 ft²) and an overall volume of 800 m³ (28,251 ft³). The event was organised by Kure Commemorative Centennial Events Committee, and lit on 9 February 2003 at Gohara-cho, Hiroshima, Japan, as part of a traditional ceremony to encourage good health and a generous harvest.