Jake’s Fireworks set a new world record April 21, detonating 1,440 Excalibur artillery shells in 42 seconds, obliterating the previous unofficial record of 700 and wowing hundreds gathered for the 13th Annual World Class Fireworks Shoot Off in Pittsburg, Kansas.



Jake’s Fireworks set a new world record April 21, detonating 1,440 Excalibur artillery shells in 42 seconds, obliterating the previous unofficial record of 700 and wowing hundreds gathered for the 13th Annual World Class Fireworks Shoot Off in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The annual event, which provides an opportunity for customers and pyrotechnics enthusiasts to view new fireworks demonstrations and learn more about the company’s 2012 product line, drew an audience of firecracker followers from across the U.S.

At the top of Jake’s Fireworks product list is the Excalibur, a consumer grade artillery shell patented and distributed exclusively through Jake’s, with canisters that break more than 250 feet high and more than 200 feet wide.

“It was absolutely amazing, it was one of those spectacles that took your breath away,” said Jakes Fireworks CSO Mick Marietta. “The Excalibur is rated among the top artillery canisters in the U.S., and we had hundreds of people come out to see this display for that reason,” Marietta said.

More than two weeks in the planning, the Excalibur Shoot Off took pyrotechnic experts more than 24 hours over a two-day period to set up, Marietta said. The exacting process was designed to angle each shell skyward for maximum wow factor, while adhering to strict safety standards on the ground.

For 60 years, Jakes Fireworks has been a fixture in the Pittsburg, Kansas community and regarded as a leading distributor of wholesale and retail fireworks in the U.S., providing services that include standard distribution of world class fireworks, private label and bulk container orders. With nine distribution centers and more than 250 retail outlets nationwide, Jakes Fireworks is known in the industry as an innovator in consumer fireworks product development.

Jake's Fireworks is an enthusiastic supporter of fundraising opportunities, operating its retail fireworks locations for individuals and organizations during peak retail fireworks seasons.