Guinness World Record For World’s Largest Aerial Firework Shell

RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE – One of this year’s biggest New Year’s Eve firework displays came from Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.

Guinness World Records were on hand to record the launch of the world’s largest firework into the record books.

The previous world record, held by Japan since 2014, is a 1, 204 pound shell with a diameter of 48 inches.

This new record saw a 2,200 pound shell, with a diameter of 56 inches launched into the sky over Al Marjan island by a 7 metre mortar, weighing 15,000 pounds and buried 4 metres into the sand.

The shell spectacularly detonated at a height of 2,200 feet.

The shell was created by Grucci Fireworks and shipped from America to the UAE where their technicians put the finishing touches to the set up for a spectacular New Year Fireworks display.

Watched by Guinness World Records adjudicators the launch of the new record holder for the world’s largest firework welcomed in 2018, lighting up the sky in the colours of the UAE flag. will finally be loaded and the entire construction put in position ready for the big night.


1. GVs Al Marjan Island New Year’s Eve Firework Display

2. HUGE aerial explosion of the new world record firework!

3. Interview – Phil Grucci, CEO & Creative Director, Fireworks by Grucci

Soundbite 1 “The current World Record for the world’s largest fireworks aerial shell is one thousand and twenty four pounds and the diameter is forty eight inches.

Our attempt to break that record is a two thousand, two hundred pound shell that’s going to be fifty six inches in diameter.”

Soundbite 2 “We came down to recce, to take a look at the island and when we first saw it, in its size and its linear shape, the coral type aspect, the circular aspect but parallel to this beautiful shoreline surrounded by bright, beautiful blue water; I said to myself, this is the perfect stage for a fireworks performance. The perfect stage to break a world record of the size of this”.

4. Interview – Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, Managing Director, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah.

5. GVs Guinness World Record recognition

6. GVs Al Marjan Island

7. GVs Preparation of World’s Largest Arerial Firework Shell

8. Behind the scenes – setting up the Fireworks display.

9. Contact details, Ras Al Khaimah

Other: About Al Marjan Island

Al Marjan Island, is a man-made island located in Ras Al Khaimah, which extends a vast 4.5 kilometers into the sea and covers an area of 2.7 million square meters.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Arabian Peninsula, and enclosed by the Yanis and Jais Mountains, Al Marjan Island is truly a luxury destination. With sun, sand and sea all year round, Al Marjan welcomes residents and visitors from all over the world