THE BEST Fireworks

Rocket Wars

Rocket Wars

Variable’s dramatic take on Chios’ chaotic annual tradition, where parishioners of two Greek Orthodox churches fire rockets at each other while mass is held inside both buildings. It’s like a scene from The Dark Knight Rises.

300 Rockets at Once

300 Rockets at Once

To celebrate his YouTube channel hitting 1 million subs, mad scientist Colin Furze set up a rig on the back of his truck loaded with firework, and ignited them at the same time for an epic pyro show. He probably should have worn his suit.

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Quadcopter Armed with Fireworks 2

Quadcopter Armed with Fireworks 2

Andy Stewart had the same idea as Pierogram and loaded Roman candles on his quadcopter, then recorded the manhunt from multiple perspectives. At this rate someone’s bound to come up with a manually controlled launcher.

Disposing of Fireworks

Disposing of Fireworks

The ATF gathered up an illegal stash of fireworks, and worked with the police bomb squad in Midland, Texas to destroy the 20,000 pounds of explosives over the course of three days. Here’s a small sampling of the destruction.

Orange vs. Fireworks in Slow Motion

Orange vs. Fireworks in Slow Motion

The Slow Mo Lab got rid of a couple of rotten oranges by planting fireworks inside them. They used a Phantom camera to film the explosions at 25,000fps and 62,000 fps. We’d love to see high resolution stills of the exploding fruit.

Quadcopter Armed with Fireworks

Quadcopter Armed with Fireworks

YouTuber Pierogram strapped Roman candles to a quadcopter and chased down his buddies with it. Before you start laughing wickedly and your eyes glaze over, factor in the risk of ending up in the hospital or in jail in your plans.

Fireworks Shells Demo

Fireworks Shells Demo

Temple Fireworks’ compilation of common aerial fireworks shells. The clips are arranged in increasing order of shell size, from 2″ to 48″. The rest of the video is a 4-minute long fireworks display that still seems way too short.

Fireworks Simulator

Fireworks Simulator

How has man gone this long without Fireworks Simulator? Create fireworks shows using over 100 realistic fireworks and 30 launch racks. You can even have shows synchronized to music. Available for Windows on Amazon and Steam.

World’s Biggest Firework

World’s Biggest Firework

This already impressive Japanese fireworks display is distinguished by the launch of a massive 4-foot diameter, 1,014 pound firework, which explodes in all of its glory at about the 3:20 mark. That’s no firework, it’s a freaking bomb.

DIY Sugar Rockets

DIY Sugar Rockets

The King of Random makes high-flying rockets using sugar, potassium nitrate and kitty litter. It’s very cheap but also very dangerous, because the resulting mixture is combustible. Also use cardboard instead of PVC tubes.

Airplane Fireworks

Airplane Fireworks

The guys from the Twister Aerobatics Team have a really neat trick up their sleeves. Not only do they perform dizzying tandem flips, turns and barrel rolls, they shoot fireworks from the wings of their stunt planes. Truly awesome.

Fireworks Hand Cannon

Fireworks Hand Cannon

Just like last year, YouTuber iZHarms celebrated the 4th of July by making a weapon straight out of Dead Rising. He put together five AK-180 Roman candles, giving him a total of 900 shots. Yes! America!

Drone Among Fireworks 2

Drone Among Fireworks 2

Here’s another video of a fireworks display filmed in midair. YouTuber Jos Stiglingh used a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter and a GoPro Hero 3 Silver to record the video. This must be a blast to watch with a 3D headset.

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Drone Among Fireworks

Drone Among Fireworks

Vimeo contributor Gasper C’s friend flew his DJI Phantom quadcopter through a fireworks display. The result is a sure entrant to our stash of videos to watch when wasted. The song is Sprawl II by Arcade Fire.

Mexico Pyrotechnic Festival

Mexico Pyrotechnic Festival

Photographer Thomas Prior captured these explosive photos from this annual festival, which attracts over 100,000 spectators and participants to watch stuff blow up – and nearly light themselves on fire – down in Tultepec, Mexico.

RC Plane Fireworks POV

RC Plane Fireworks POV

For July 4th, the guys from Louisiana Hog Control sent their RC plane into the air and shot fireworks at it, providing a unique POV on the pyrotechnics as they whiz by the wings of the flyer. We want bigger fireworks next time.

Fireworks in Reverse

Fireworks in Reverse

Julian Tay reversed his footage of the New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Melbourne, Australia. Paired with Serphonic’s Moon Behind the Tree, the lively spectacle was transformed into a soothing sight.

Hot Air Balloon Fireworks Fail

Hot Air Balloon Fireworks Fail

The Taunggyi Festival in Myanmar went from fun to fiery when the fireworks loaded in a hot air balloon went off prematurely. Even more confounding is the fact that this is not the first time this happened.

Firework Twister

Firework Twister

July 4th might be over, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t appreciate some cool fireworks. We’ve certainly never seen a display that looks like this, and we’re betting you haven’t either.

San Diego Fireworks Fail

San Diego Fireworks Fail

The 4th of July fireworks display at San Diego Bay ended in disaster when a “computer glitch” turned what was supposed to be 15 minutes worth of fireworks into a 15 second blob of light and sound.

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Golden Gate Fireworks Display

Golden Gate Fireworks Display

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th anniversary on 5/27/12 with day-long festivities, culminating in a 19-minute fireworks display. Video by Michael Coleman; image by Thomas Hawk.

Pull-String Alarms

Pull-String Alarms

Also known as the “poor man’s perimeter alarm”, these foot-long pull-strings are rigged with a small explosive charge, which makes a loud 85dB bang when yanked. Sold in packs of 72 pieces.

Biggest Fireworks Shell Ever

Biggest Fireworks Shell Ever

We’re enjoying the beginning of this new year even more, now that we’ve added some excitement from seeing the world’s largest fired fireworks shell ever (allegedly), at 42″, set off in Japan.

Daytime Fireworks

Daytime Fireworks

An explosive spectacle by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Quiang over the desert of Qatar, firing off colorful clouds in place of sparks. The big booms and massive fireballs don’t hurt either.

Captain Awesome vs. Artillery

Captain Awesome vs. Artillery

(NSFW: Language) He may have the same shield and mask as Captain America, but that’s where the similarities end for Captain Awesome, who doesn’t seem to quite understand what a shield is used for.

Fireworks POV

Fireworks POV

Ever wanted to know what it looked like from the point of view of a bottle rocket? In preparation for this weekend’s Independence Day festivities, let’s go for a ride-along with some fireworks and see.

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