London, Aug 22 (ANI): An attempt to set a new world record by setting off 110,000 fireworks in just 60 seconds flopped when the boat carrying them caught fire.
Around 175,000 people had gathered for the event in Bournemouth, Dorset, hoping a spectacular shower of rockets.
However, the display, scheduled to last for a minute, fizzled out after just six-and-a-half seconds and ended with the launch barge catching fire.
"That was probably the most exciting bit," the Sun quoted spectator Ruth Downing, as saying.
No one was hurt. Tourism chiefs said a short fuse was used because of high winds.
A spokeswoman added: "It's not something you practise - there's an element of surprise involved." (ANI)