A Colorado man plans to launch a world-record firework _ but not until there's snow on the ground

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado pyrotechnics expert plans to launch a world record firework — but not until there’s snow on the ground.

Tim Borden tells KUSA-TV that the shell would be just over 5 feet (1.5 meters) in diameter and weigh 2,400 pounds (1,088 kilograms). It will launch from a 26-foot (8-meter) long steel launch tube.

The trick is to put enough explosives under the firework to send it nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) into the air without destroying the shell. He believes the display will be nearly a mile wide.

Last year, Borden shot off a 4-foot (1.2 meter) shell.

He says he has a contract with the Guinness Book of World Records for the attempt during Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival next February— when there will be snow on the ground and less fire danger.

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Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com