It wasn't a bird ... It wasn't a plane ... It was a record-breaking firework.

Steamboat Fireworks set a new record when they launched the biggest firework in the world at the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival last weekend.

On Saturday, February 8, the team, led by local firework professional Tim Borden, launched a 2,797-pound, 62-inch firework into the air. An official Guinness Book of World Records representative came all the way to witness the event. The launch was successful, and Steamboat Fireworks was granted the official record certificate.

The group had attempted a similar record last year, but didn't make it, making this year's attempt that much sweeter. The previous record-holder for the largest firework in the world was granted in 2018 for a 2,397-pound firework launched over the United Arab Emirates.

Despite a week of frosty temps and lots of fresh snow, the team was not about to give up on the attempt and braved the elements to get everything set up just right. The firework was launched from Emerald Mountain and went almost a half-mile into the air. The sky lit up with a bright red light and the crowd watched in amazement as the record breaker exploded.

The four-man team included Borden and three other local men; Ed MacArthur, Jim Widmann, and Eric Krug. The four worked tirelessly on the project after the 2019 attempt fell flat, when the shell exploded inside the mortar and never left the ground. Using that failure as research, the team adjusted and made some major changes to the shell design, as well as worked on the lift inside the mortar.

“We invested hundreds of hours into this project, and we anticipate that we will enjoy the satisfaction of this success for months to come,” Borden said after the launch. “People are already asking us, ‘What’s next?’ I really can’t answer that question, other than to say, whatever it is, I hope to do it with this same bunch of guys.”

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The team and Guinness Book of World Records representative. Courtesy of Steamboat Fireworks (Facebook)

After the launch, the team thanked those who had supported them and dedicated the event to the City of Steamboat Springs, the local fire and police departments, and all public safety organizations that helped them have a successful launch. It was very important to the team to maintain safety at all times, so they worked very closely with the different organizations and the city to make sure their project posed no danger to anyone, any animals, or any structures.

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The firework being measured prior to the explosion. Courtesy of Steamboat Fireworks (Facebook)

Check out this video of the event, courtesy of

Congratulations to Steamboat Fireworks and the whole team for their hard work, dedication, and persistence!

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