Many people countdown the seconds until midnight with friends and family. Others are alone, and Facebook had just the thing to bring some New Year cheer to those sadly staring at their news feed.
Hot damn. This 260kg firework basically fills the entire night's sky with explosions so ridiculously huge and, like, everywhere that it's almost unbelievable. One second you're just watching normal fireworks go off, and then the next, you're being blinded with the most insane 5-second light show your eyes will probably ever see.
Today is New Year's Eve, so it's time top celebrate — and the best way to do that is by lighting-up a sparkler and holding a little bit of fire in your own two hands. But what's in that sparkler that burns so bright? That would be the eternal flame of freedom. (Also incredibly hot-burning chemicals.)
Over 60 people have been injured after an explosion occurred at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico, a city north of Mexico City. The blast is especially terrifying because the thick smoke plume covers the entire market while fireworks were still catching fire and going off in every direction. Nearby homes were also damaged in the explosions and the scene remains dangerous, according to National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.
Video: Peering at the world through a close-up macro lens reveals tiny details that normally go unnoticed. It can also make the smallest of things appear completely grandiose. Steel wool and a battery makes for an easy way to start a fire, but zoom in as it burns and it looks like the entire world has become engulfed in a raging firestorm.
Video: Every year around July 4 (surprise, surprise) the US Consumer Product Safety Commission puts on a graphic demonstration of why you should be really careful when setting off fireworks. The video of the demo arrived late this year, but if you're a fan of horror movies, it was still totally worth the wait.
Video: The biggest regret of my life right now is not being as smart as these two geniuses, who battled out Roman candle fireworks with lightsabres like they were Jedi knights. Sure, I'd totally get lit up and smoked and would miss more blasts than I would hit, but the feeling of shielding yourself with just your lightsabre is so awesome that it's totally worth the idiocy of admission.
Video: Not treating fireworks — AKA explosives — with the respect they deserve is one of the most dangerous thing you can do. So after a couple of pranksters in Phoenix, Arizona, thought it would be funny to start a chain reaction on a shelf full of fireworks in a Walmart, humanity has reached a new low.
Video: To help celebrate his three-millionth subscriber, YouTuber Colin Furze, the creator of the thermite cannon and questionably-safe hoverbike, has successfully topped all of his inventions to date by building his own miniature Death Star covered in 58 boxes of fireworks all wired together for one magnificent 20 second spectacle.
Video: You don't need dangerous explosives to put on an impressive fireworks show. Just grab a magnifying glass; a bunch of tiny resistors, capacitors and transistors; and then blast them with more electricity than they were designed to handle. The results won't disappoint, as long as you aren't hoping for a New Year's extravaganza.
Video: Fireworks, which were invented in China, are obviously a big deal in China. But no fireworks show in any part of the country and very probably the world can match the sheer spectacle and beautiful audacity of this fireworks show in Nuanquan, China. That's because it's more of a molten metal show. A blacksmith, wearing only a big hat and a sheepskin vest for protection, just starts throwing and scoop tossing molten metal against the wall of the city to let it sparkle and rain fire. It's crazy! It's so dangerous! It's so awesome.
Dangerous. Absurd. Utterly mental. These words perfectly describe YouTube mechanic Colin Furze and his latest piece of gadgetry — a home-made rocket launcher designed for fireworks. Sure, accuracy and distance prove a bit of a problem, but otherwise, it does what it's meant to.
Video: The maniac inventor Colin Furze cooked up a truly spectacular thing this time around: he made a giant firework wheel. As in, fireworks are attached to a wheel (not unlike a windmill) which is attached to a truck which is then all lit at once which is then spun around in circles which then explodes beautifully, shooting fireworks in every direction. This spinning firework wheel is so awesome that it proves that there needs to be more advancements in firework technology.
Video: Here's how to win the war with the aliens, for when they come (and they will come). Strap every human with these Roman candle firework miniguns and then start lighting up the entire sky with these fiery bright rockets at the same damn time. It won't hurt a single one of them but the hope is that it will be intimidating enough to scare them off. I mean, look at it go. It looks like a space age weapon!
Video: A good way to kick off the new year is with champagne. And your friends and family. And a party. And like, nice clothes. Or even with just silence. Like, pajamas and hot chocolate and quiet time. Or like, just sleep. Any way to celebrate New Years is a good way but the best way is probably with fireworks. Here is fireworks popping off all over Lima, Peru as New Years hit and it's truly spectacular. Jeff Cremer used a drone to document the celebration and the entire city sparkles.