Bonfire Night is observed annually in the UK on 5 November to commemorate the day back in 1605 when Guy Fawkes, a member of the “Gunpowder Plot”, was arrested while guarding explosives that were intended to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
Otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Night or Fireworks Night, it has become a tradition to set off fireworks on this date to represent the explosives that were prevented from killing King James I and hundreds of others.
With thousands of people across the UK attending small fireworks parties in back gardens or getting tickets to epic organised shows in public parks, Guinness World Records has picked out the most explosive records to launch this year’s festivities with a bang…
1. Largest firework display
The largest firework display ever consisted of a stunning 540,382 fireworks and was achieved by Svea Fyrverkerier AS and Sør-Tre AS (both Norway) in Søgne, Norway, on 29 November 2014. The dazzling display lasted for one and a half hours. 15,272 fireworks were discounted from the attempt because they did not ignite, but they still shattered Dubai’s previous record of 479,651 fireworks.
2. Largest Catherine wheel
Lily Fireworks Factory rolled into the record books when they built the largest Catherine wheel, measuring a spectacular 32.044 m (105 ft 1.56 in) in diameter. The structure was free-standing and the Catherine wheel completed four revolutions under its own propulsion in Mqabba, Malta, on 18 June 2011.
3. Longest firework waterfall
The world's longest firework waterfall was the “Niagara Falls”, which measured 3,517.23 m (11,539 ft 5 in) when ignited on 23 August 2008 at the Ariake Seas Fireworks Festival, Fukuoka, Japan.
Guests at the 13th Kounosu fireworks festival organised by Kounosu Junior Chamber of Commerce certainly had a blast when they witnessed the largest aerial firework shell, weighing an amazing 464.826 kg (1,024.76 lb), in Kounosu, Saitama, Japan on 11 October 2014.
The firework reached to 907 m (2,975 ft 8.66 in) from the ground to the top of the exploded firework, 533 m (1,748 ft 8.25 in) from the ground to the centre of the exploded firework and measured 748 m (2,454 ft 0.81 in) in diameter when it was launched.
The pyrotechnic exploded into a huge ball of orange light, estimated to measure more than 2,500ft, before fizzling out in a bright green hue. It followed an equally impressive display, which saw 7,500 fireworks set off to end the annual festival.
5. Most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds
The most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds is 125,801, in a glittering attempt organised by Pyroworks International Inc. (Philippines), in Cebu, Philippines, on 8 May 2010. 16 stacks with 8,000 rockets in each were used for the attempt and all successful rockets were launched within 17 seconds.
6. Most sparklers lit simultaneously
Sparklers don’t make much noise, but the sight of 938 of them twinkling simultaneously at Lake Eva Community Park, Haines City, Florida, USA, on 4 July 2014 definitely earns the City of Haines City (USA) a mention.
The record-breaking event took place at Thunder on the Ridge, an annual celebration of US Independence Day, and it was also the 100th anniversary of the city.
The most fireworks launched from a pyrotechnics suit is 642, which was achieved by Mazuel Laurent Nat (France) in Grenoble, France, on 13 June 2014.