Steamboat Fireworks, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, set out to break the world record for the largest firework ever detonated. Spectators gathered and watched as it detonated nearly a mile up from its launch point, illuminating not only the sky over the mountains, but the entirety of the land under it.

The record shattering shell weighed just under 2,800lbs, the same weight as a Toyota Corolla and heavier than a Kia Soul.

The 62" in diameter shell launched from a 26-foot-long steel tube at over 300mph. The shell was wrapped in nearly 60 miles of tape, which took nearly a month of eight hour days to wrap.

The previous record was held by a group in the United Arab Emirates at 2,397lbs.

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