Massive firework shot over Colorado breaks world record

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A firework launched over a Colorado ski resort town has set a record as the world's largest aerial firework.

Photo courtesy Joe Randall 2/8/20. World record firework in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The 2,800-pound shell flew 2,200 feet above the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival before it burst on Saturday night. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports the explosion turned the sky bright red and drew gasps from the crowd. Guinness World Records representatives witnessed and certified the record.

The firework was 400 pounds heavier than the previous record-holder, a 2,397-pound explosive launched in the United Arab Emirates in 2018.