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Funchal the capital of the Madeira Island has achieved to register a Guinness World Record with its pyrotechnic exhibition, which involved 17 tons of fireworks … that caused 660,300 detonations8,000 explosions per minute … over an area of 6 km by 2.7 km wide … more than 8 minutes long.

For those that could not witness this spectacular fireworks display … here is a video that was made on that day. Unfortunately a video will never capture the true atmosphere. Just imagine that all around you the sky is being lit up … that is almost impossible to capture it all on film. As you will notice the first few minutes I was enjoying the show and forgot to take the camera to film around.


Sara Apps-Haigh · January 3, 2007 at 4:56 pm

How wonderful it was to relive the awesome experience of this year’s New Year fireworks in Funchal. I was there for the fifth year (in the football stadium) and this was the best ever. My son saw for the first time and was amazed. Congratulations Funchal. I am now back in England and you have really cheered me up!

Don Amaro · January 3, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Sara …. you are most welcome. Thank you for your kind words.

DCveR · January 4, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Funny! It seems we weren’t very far from one another!

PL · January 6, 2007 at 9:45 pm

As a madeirean, it´s great to see that people liked our show. But, as any other show, not only some give it´s contribution. Funchal´s fireworks is a prize for people who through out the new year´s eve give a special atmosphere to the city which includes the tourists form all countries that walk in the city. You´re part of the show!

Thank you Don Amaro for advertising Madeira so well.

Don Amaro · January 7, 2007 at 12:08 am

@PL: Very true. Thank you for your kind words.

liliana santos · January 22, 2007 at 12:13 pm

madeira is da bst country dat any 1 can eva go 2 as am frm der i would say itz da bst place 2 relax!

DannyE · January 6, 2008 at 1:07 pm

I was on a cruise in the port of funchal for new year what an amazing experience never seen anything so like it…….

beth · January 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Saw this years fireworks from the roof of the porto santa maria the best yet will return in three years time when my friend Liz will celebrate her big 60

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