2013 ended with a bang in Dubai —not a metaphorical one, but a very real one, as the wealthy city ushered in the new year by launching over 500,000 fireworks. The six-minute extravaganza set the world record for the biggest fireworks display, according to Guinness, triumphing over the previous record holder by, oh, about 420,000.

The above video is of Dubai's entire event, which involves some lovely singing and fountain shows, amidst some long breaks of people standing around; the fireworks begin ay 28:35 (literally and metaphorically).

[Via Laughing Squid]