o the Church will be ending the year, or should we say welcoming the new year, with a bang. And rather a big bang if I may say so because we will be attempting to break another Guinness – “the longest and largest fireworks display” in a one hour and ten minutes show of pure fire and smoke.
Unfortunately for you bright boys who thought up how to burn our well earned P300, you’ll have to do better than that. The Guinness record as of November 29, 2014 is 1 hour and 30 minutes of 540,382 individual firework effects–
“Largest firework display of all time
Svea Fireworks and Sør-Tre officially set the new world record for the most fireworks ignited during a single coordinated display, on November 29, 2014, in the small town of Søgne, Norway. Hailed as a “tribute to the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution”, the display incorporated 540,382 individual firework effects in a spectacular 90 minute show. Guinness World Record adjudicators were on hand to confirm the breaking of the previous record held by Dubai.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks) (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-firework-display)
Now, let’s see how much it’ll cost to put up such an event. Consumer Sales of Michigan states –
“The typical July 4th show budget is $3000 to $20,000. The length of the show is dependant on the budget and the type of effects used. A minimal show can last up to 10 minutes. Large shows should generally be no longer than about 30 minutes.There are a number of things that affect the length of your display and its price. Large shells and some special types of fireworks are more expensive; multiple firing stations mean we are using more fireworks in a given amount of time. The benefit of using a larger budget means that you get a more entertaining display.” ( https://www.captainboom.com/fireworks-faq.php#length)
So on a modest calculation of $20,000 for 10 minutes, a 90 minute show (1 hr. 30 min.) would cost $180,000 or PHP8,460,000 (exchange rate of $1 to PHP47) just for a regular show. But what if we are going for big time to break the Guinness record of 540,382 individual firework effects to classify as the largest fireworks display. Fox Business has this to say –
“The Explosive Costs of Big Fireworks Displays
Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular –
- The larger shells can cost $336 each and require a minimum 840-foot-radius display space in order to be used and light off the familiar, billowing shape.
- For the Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular, more than 40,000 shells will be launched from six barges over the Hudson River in a span of 25 minutes.” (http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/06/27/explosive-costs-big-fireworks-displays/)
So at 40,000 shells used at a cost of $336 each would amount to a whopping $13,440,000 in a span of 25 minutes only. Exchange that to our local currency and we get PHP631,680,000 for 25 minutes only. Multiply that by three [+] to beat the Guinness record.
Anyway since we have an importation accreditation at Subic, definitely we won’t be spending that much with the fireworks coming from China.
(Mabuti ata sunuging mo na lang ang Arena at applayan ng world’s largest burning arena. Malas talaga yan. Natutong mangutang ang Iglesia, mangumission, pumasok sa negosyo, atbp. Hay naku!)
Well, life goes on …