They may come from the second largest nation in the world, but a team of Canadians have taken top prize in the World Fireworks Championships.
Maple Leaf marvels Firemaster Productions have been named winners of the annual onctest, held on Blackpool’s North Pier.
And as Great British pyrotechnic experts Titanium rounded off the annual spectacle with a display this evening, the judges announced it was the Canadian team who were the overall victors - beating off competition from Austria and Sweden.
Sean Morris, MD of Firemaster Productions, said: “We are very proud to have been invited to participate, and winning this year’s edition is an absolute dream.
“The displays by Team Sweden and Team Austria were simply fantastic and we are very fortunate to be crowned the winner.
“We would like to thank the crew from Titanium Fireworks for all their hard work and special thanks to everyone that attended our display.
“We hope to compete again soon.”
Blackpool hosts the World Fireworks Championship each year in September when tens of thousands of people make the trip to the resort each week to watch the amazing pyrotechnics light up the skies.
Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “The quality of the displays at this year’s World Fireworks Championships was absolutely incredible and anyone who attended was treated to a real spectacle.
“It’s pleasing the popularity of the event continues to increase.
“We look forward to delivering another stellar line-up next year.”