3D fireworks in Google Earth

For the last few years we have been celebrating the new year with virtual fireworks created by Steven Ho, whose work we have featured a number of times. His animation shows the 2011 Taipei 101 fireworks.

View it in Google Earth by downloading this KML file.

This year we thought we would also make available the opportunity to have fireworks at any location you choose. Our fireworks are a little cheaper than Steven’s as we decided to create them with placemark icons rather than 3D models.

Scale: (approximate size of fireworks in metres)

Play the tour in the downloaded KML to see the fireworks.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.


  1. Good jobs! I like it!
    I tried it with Taipei 101 (Latitude:25.033903,Longitude:121.564510), and I got this kmz file.
    This seems good, but maybe those fireworks’ altitudes are too low . In addition, with this fixed view angle, some fireworks can not see. Could I fix this situation? I ask myself, a few minutes later, I decided to do it. At first, I write a program to raise up the altitudes of all placemarks in the KML file by +500 meters, second, I write another program to make an orbit around Taipei 101, and mixed with the original kml tour.
    This kmz file is my work, as reference to everyone. I recommend Tim , maybe you can adjust your program to make it more perfect. Very thanks for your program again!

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