An explosive world record attempt came under fire today as a barge carrying fireworks appeared to blow up and burst into flames.
Around 175,000 people turned up for Roar on the Shore to see 110,000 fireworks set off in under 60 seconds from the barge between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers in Dorset last night.
But instead of rockets shooting to the skies, the event was over in about six seconds as the metal barge appeared to explode, with flames spreading across the deck.
Visitors also complained about delays of up to three hours to leave the town as the roads became gridlocked.
Oh well - I enjoyed it!
Standing at Branksome Dene (at the more civilized Poole end of things) it was fun to watch the fireworks, and then almost more entertaining to see the scores of boats head from Bournemouth across to Sandbanks for the weekly Poole fireworks - it looked like the sea was alight.
As we so often do, Grace and I went home saying, "What a fantastic place to live!"