Dubai Blows Away NYE Fireworks Record

400K fireworks set off to welcome 2014
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2014 5:41 AM CST
Dubai Blows Away NYE Fireworks Record
Fireworks explode from the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building, at midnight to celebrate the New Year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, home of the world's tallest building, decided to usher in 2014 in typical over-the-top fashion with the biggest fireworks display in history. Guinness World Records staff certified that the spectacular 30-minute show, featuring 400,000 fireworks over dozens of miles of shoreline, was the biggest ever, easily beating Kuwait's 77,000-firework display last year, CNN reports. In London, meanwhile, the annual fireworks display was a more sensory affair than usual, featuring peach-flavored snow, edible banana confetti, and orange-scented bubbles, the AP reports. (More Dubai stories.)

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