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Dubai loses fireworks world record to tiny town in Norway.

The fireworks display in Sogne, Norway

A smalltown in Norway has broken Dubai's Guinness World Record for the largest fireworks display.

On New Year's Eve last year, thousands watched 479,651 shells light up the sky over the Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands in just six minutes -- earning Dubai top place for the biggest-ever pyrotechnics display on the planet.

But last week, the tiny town of SE[sup.1]gne, with a population of just more than 10,000, wrote themselves into the record books by firing off 540,382 rockets in the same amount of time.

The display was held to mark the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and to celebrate SE[sup.1]gne's traditional switching on of the Christmas lights.

Anders Sture, the general manager of SVEA, the Scandinavian fireworks manufacturer behind the show, said the plan to attempt the record was hatched in January.

He told 7DAYS: "We all saw Dubai's fireworks online. One of my customers called me the next morning and said 'should we try and break the record?'. Initially I thought, is he crazy? It's not possible. But then when we did the math and we realised it's quite possible."

Dubai launched 479,651 booms to smash the Guinness World Record for the 'Largest Fireworks Display'

However, the new record-setter did not gloat and admitted he thought Dubai's show was superior in splendour.

He said: "When you see the two performances, artistically, Dubai is the most beautiful fireworks I have ever seen. But there's nothing to quantify that. GWR cannot measure 'nicest in the world'. We just went for the number of shots so it was fair and square."

Asked if he thought Dubai would reattempt to break Norway's record next year, Sture said: "I wouldn't be surprised."

But he isn't interested in battling to keep the title, calling the show a "once in a lifetime" experience that made the Norwegian people very happy.

"Now maybe Dubai will want to fire one million shots to break our record," he said. "We hardly have that financial strength to beat that again. We're just happy to have put our name in the record book. If anyone breaks it now, that's fine."

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Date:Dec 6, 2014
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