Sky Ladder Firework

They 1,650-foot Sky Ladder appears to defy gravity at first, but it’s just a clever illusion consisting of fireworks that stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China. It’s the work of Cai Guoqiang, an artist who is originally from the city and now based in New York. The ladder, made of metal wire and aluminum, was filled with gunpowder and then attached to the bottom of a hot air balloon launched from a boat off the shore of nearby Huiyu Island. In related news, continue reading for an insane fireworks FAILS video compilation.

The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is a part of the culture of China and had its origin there; eventually it spread to other cultures and societies. Important events and festivities such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and the Mid-Autumn Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.