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Largest firework in the world was set off this weekend

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Posted at 5:40 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 05:40:31-05

A massive firework went off above a Colorado town on Saturday, CBS News reported, and set a world record! The 2,797 pound firework broke the Guinness World Record for the the largest aerial firework shell, the organization confirmed to CBS news.

The firework, which weighed over a ton, was launched nearly a mile in the air during Steamboat Springs' winter carnival, Steamboat Fireworks said in a press release. The shell was over 7 inches thick and measured 62 inches in diameter.

Steamboat Fireworks, led by "fireworks enthusiast" Tim Borden, attempted to break the record for the largest aerial firework shell ever launched in 2019 with a 2,509 pound firework — but the launch was unsuccessful, according to the organization's website.

"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 of the world record 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."

Guinness World Records confirmed to CBS News that an official adjudicator from the organization was on-site to verify the attempt.