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Taipei 101 New Year's fireworks going out with a bang

Taipei 101 New Year's fireworks going out with a bang

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) The 2016 New Year's fireworks display at the Taipei 101 building will not only be the longest one ever at the skyscraper, it might also be the last. Due to difficulties finding sponsors and growing concerns about the environmental impact of fireworks, the Taipei 101 company has been discussing the idea of replacing the fireworks with light-emitting diode (LED) displays in the future, Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu (???) said Wednesday. The 2016 fireworks display will last 238 seconds, and is estimated to cost NT$45 million (US$1.4 million). A total of 30,000 rounds of fireworks are expected to be set off at the Taipei 101 skyscraper, starting at midnight Dec. 31. "Nature is Future" will be the theme of the 2016 display, and images of fish, flowers and plants will be depicted for the first time to raise awareness of environmental protection. Liu said his company had been hoping to cooperate with other skyscrapers in the area to stage the fireworks display, but the plan fell through because the executives of many of those buildings were worried about safety and crowd evacuation plans. The Taipei 101 company has allocated more than NT$50 million over a two-year period to change its building lights into LED lights, Liu said. After the change, the lights will be brighter and the control system smarter so that different lighting shows could be created in the future to celebrate various holidays and festivals, he said. (By Lin Meng-ju and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-25 18:33 GMT+08:00