A FEW SUMMERS AGO, I was watching fireworks at the park near my house, and one of them malfunctioned and failed to shoot up in the air. It exploded on the ground, and for the first time, I got a context for just how huge the blast radius of a firework is. Obviously, that was a bit of a drag, because it nearly burned a half dozen people, so I started to think, “What would this look like in the air?” Fortunately, we live in the age of the drone and the GoPro.
Jos Stiglingh attached a GoPro camera onto a DJI Phantom drone and flew it through a spectacular fireworks show in West Palm Beach Florida. It looks kind of like an aerial scene from a World War II movie, but much more sparkly, and with way less violence. So kudos to Stiglingh for risking his drone – which totally could have been shot out of the sky by one of these fireworks – for the internet’s viewing pleasure.