The 460kg rocket set a new world record when it was fired in Japan

A new world record has been set for the heaviest firework, which was set off in the city of Konosu in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

The firework, weighing a total of 460 kg, was set off as part of a festival in the city.

The rocket fired into the air and exploded into a ball of light estimated to measure 800 meters in diameter, while illuminating the sky.

The rocket was certified by Guinness World Records, and the feat joins a number of world records involving fireworks.

On 31 December in 2013, the world record for the largest firework display was set by the Dubai government, after a display consisting of 479,651 fireworks was set off at the Palm Jumeirah Island and the World Islands.

In 2002, Nestlé set the world record for the largest chocolate firework, which was lit and exploded on 31 December at the Hechtplatz, Zurich, Switzerland, releasing 60 kg of chocolates.