World record for lit sparklers fails on a technicality

By: Pete

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — It would have been a glowing moment of triumph. But an effort to break a world record for the most sparklers lit at once has fizzled — because of a technicality. People in Gillette, Wyoming submitted the August event for Guinness World Records posterity, saying they had 2,500 sparklers lit at once. That would have shattered the current mark of 1,713. But the Gillette News Record reports Guinness snuffed the record because those holding the sparklers had to light them themselves — and the Wyoming event had volunteers helping to light sparklers before handing them to participants. Gillette officials say they’ll try again — with a closer eye on the rules.