A 464.826 kg (1,024.76 lb) explosive blasted its way into the history books earlier this month in Japan, setting a record for Largest aerial firework shell.

Produced by Alps Fireworks Industry Co., Ltd, the huge banger was launched during the 13th Kounosu fireworks festival organised by Kounosu Junior Chamber of Commerce in, Saitama, Japan on 11 October 2014.

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.

The two-day event takes place on a hill behind a small shrine on the outskirts of Konosu.