56-Inch Diameter, 2,200 Pounds: UAE Sets New World Record For World's Largest Aerial Firework

January 3, 2018

This is a video of the new world's largest mortar firework being launched, a massive 56-inch shell weighing 2,200 pounds. The gigantic firework was produced by US-based Grucci Fireworks and shipped to Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates for the show. Hopefully somebody slapped a 'WARNING: FLAMMABLE' sticker on the shipping container.

The previous world record, held by Japan since 2014, is a 1,204 pound shell with a diameter of 48 inches.


This new record launched into the sky over Al Marjan island by a 7 metre mortar, weighing 15,000 pounds and buried 4 metres into the sand.

The shell spectacularly detonated at a height of 2,200 feet.

Impressive, but I feel like the actual display of the two previous world's largest fireworks (HERE and HERE) were more spectacular. Maybe not as big, but more spectacular. Also, what does a guy have to do to get to ride one of these fireworks into the sky? That would be pretty sweet, right? Plus we could set two records simultaneously: world's largest firework and *putting on aviator goggles* world's coolest dude.

Keep going for the video, firework launch starts around 1:05, then there's some discussion about the firework and prep video that follows (including a nice shot showing just how large the shell is around 4:15).

Thanks to Davey, who informed me if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. Yeah well I love fireworks, how do I make that happen?

  • GeneralDisorder

    I went to a thing call "Pyrotechnic Guild International Boom and Blast" in 2013 on the night they launched a 24 inch diameter shell which at the time was a world record.

    The thing that was especially weird there was I couldn't tell you specifically which enormous boom was the world record one. I mean, I think I know but they fired it off along with about 40 other mortar tubes being shot off at the same time.

  • steve holt

    GW, ain't gonna lie, after the holiday bustle comes to an end, let's raise a glass to GW, and all the other regulars!

    Ah, how I missed your cerebral prowess, laid back wit.
    And then toast ourselves, Happy New Year everybody! (you know who you are!) :)

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Word Big Bird

    I thought that was set way back in 1986 with the Challenger Shuttle explosion...too soon?

  • jeff

    I thought it was 1945 over Japan.

  • steve holt

    much, much too soon :(

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