What’s the biggest firework show you’ve seen on television or in person, for many of us (including the folks at All Sparks Fireworks); it’s the opening ceremonies of the various Olympics. With the London Olympics on the near horizon, we got to thinking about how impressive the pyrotechnic show was the last time the summer games were held – in 2008 in Beijing, China.
The show was huge, with more than 35,000 pyrotechnic items choreographed in a blend between science and art. With more than 4 billion people watching (more than 15% of the world’s population); pressure was on before the actual event to make sure everything went off without a hitch. This meant an unbelievable amount of practice, practice and more practice – firing off firework test shots (a show in itself) until the whole display was perfect.
The unusual stadium, dubbed ‘The Bird’s Nest’, hosted the thousands of hours in manpower that it too to plan and set up the show.  The entire opening ceremony cost $100,000,000 ($8,000 a second) and the stadium a whopping $423,000,000 — these are not Yen, we’re talking US dollars! Check out the behind-the-scenes footage, shot in the months leading up to the big event. The video is 10 minutes long, but offers great insights in what it takes to pull off a pyrotechnic display of such magnitude.