Colorado man plans to launch record firework - in February

June 19, 2018 GMT

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado pyrotechnics expert plans to launch a world record firework — but not until there’s snow on the ground.

Tim Borden tells KUSA-TV that the shell would be just over 5 feet (1.5 meters) in diameter and weigh 2,400 pounds (1,088 kilograms). It will launch from a 26-foot (8-meter) long steel launch tube.

The trick is to put enough explosives under the firework to send it nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) into the air without destroying the shell. He believes the display will be nearly a mile wide.

Last year, Borden shot off a 4-foot (1.2 meter) shell.

He says he has a contract with the Guinness Book of World Records for the attempt during Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival next February— when there will be snow on the ground and less fire danger.


Information from: KUSA-TV,