Watch The World's Largest 1,000 Kilogram Firework Shell Explode On New Year's Eve

On December 31st, a 998kg fireworks shell with a diameter of 142cm was launched in the United Arab Emirates to help welcome the arrival of 2018, and usher in a new Guinness World Record.

Manufactured by Grucci Fireworks in the United States, the shell was shipped overseas where technicians did the final assembly, sealing, and loading into a 6,804kg, 7.01m-long mortar cannon that was buried over 3.96m into the ground. The shell reached a height of 670.56m before detonating into a massive shower of sparks that fell safely into the waters around Al Marjan island.

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