Today, no celebration around the world is complete without shockingly expensive displays involving thousands of kilos of potassium nitrate and sulphur. New Year, Christmas, the Olympics, hell, we spend more on fireworks than the actual event sometimes. Here are 10 of the best from around planet Earth.
This beautiful long-exposure fireworks display, shot on a Canon 5D in Seoul, is scored to Sigur Ros. It comes courtesy of Poetic Zoo Studio.
Grant Kaye shot this time lapse from a hill above Burning Man in 2011.
Tron's graphic effects team produced these "digital" fireworks for the film two years ago.
Glendyn Ivin's fim, Cracker Bag, won the Palme D'Or at the Short Film Cannes Film Festival in 2003. It's a great short, if you're willing to sit still for twenty minutes — but if not, skip to 9:20 for sweet fireworks action.
The world's biggest fireworks competition, in Da Nang, Vietnam, was captured by photographer Rob Whitworth earlier this year.
A lovely ambient short from Ian Berenger.
Skateboarding and fireworks: What could go wrong? Find out at this party video by Zenga Bros, filmed in Vancouver on Halloween.
Singapore's National Day fireworks — along with some stunning general footage of the urban fabric — feature in this time lapse by Repro.
Extreme slow motion video makes for an amazing, abstract show in Paris, documented by Vimeo user sublab.
Lead: A video for I admit it now. I was scared., by Beacons, involved shooting hundreds of firecrackers off in an alley where three BMX riders were doing tricks.