Sparks fly as HK pyrotechnic wizards light up Pattaya
Think you saw it all at the New Year fireworks over Victoria Harbour? That was nothing compared with the record-breaking spectacular provided by a Hong Kong company in Thailand two weeks ago.
To celebrate the king's 84th birthday, Glorious Fireworks was booked to provide a fireworks show over Pattaya beach that is now pending for Guinness World Record recognition for launching seven 24-inch-diameter display shells at the same time.
This year's countdown fireworks on Two IFC lost its two major sponsors, Sun Hung Kai Properties and Henderson Land, and had to count on the Jockey Club chipping in HK$15 million to go ahead.
Glorious Fireworks has long been seeking job opportunities overseas.
'Some of our jobs overseas are lucrative but they also demand much higher safety requirements and standards for the effects, which can mean higher costs,' said Tom Chan, the company's chief executive officer.
'Since the Pattaya show, we haven't received jobs on a comparable scale or level of complication. We would love to stage a large world-class show for Hong Kong when the opportunity arises.'
The Pattaya beach fireworks show cost US$3 million.
Here's hoping we can get some generous property developer to come up with the big bucks needed for such a spectacular display.