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Shanghai replaces fireworks on New Year’s Eve with thousands for a stunning display

Shanghai replaces fireworks on New Year’s Eve with thousands of drones gathering in the air to create a spinning globe, a running man and a countdown in incredible light display

  • Shanghai used almost 2,000 drones instead of fireworks to create a display about the city on New Year’s Eve
  • The drones were controlled from a single computer that they programmed to create different patterns
  • The devices create giant spheres, a digital countdown and form a man who runs through the air

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The largest city in China replaced traditional fireworks with nearly 2,000 drones on New Year’s Eve for a stunning, synchronized display.

The devices flew over the city of Shanghai and created shapes, text, and even the figure of a man running through the sky.

Equipped with multicolored lights, the drones were controlled by a central computer that programmed them to fly in specific patterns.

The drones fled over the Huangpu River on Tuesday evening, which is part of a growing trend to find alternatives to fireworks that cause noise and smoke pollution and can create a fire hazard.

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The largest city in China replaced traditional fireworks with nearly 2,000 drones on New Year's Eve for a stunning, synchronized display. The devices flew over the city of Shanghai and made shapes, text, and even the figure of a man running through the sky

The largest city in China replaced traditional fireworks with nearly 2,000 drones on New Year’s Eve for a stunning, synchronized display. The devices flew over the city of Shanghai and made shapes, text, and even the figure of a man running through the sky

The devices made gigantic atmospheres, made text for the countdown, and formed an enormous man who ran through the air, which is said to “represent the enormous changes and glorious achievements that Shanghai has made over the last 40 years of reform and opening up.”

A video shared by CGTN shows the drones that flicker during the countdown and then create a huge ‘2020’ in the air at midnight.

After which the devices ended the show with Chinese characters, which means ‘dream pursuit’.

The display is part of a growing trend to find alternatives to fireworks that cause noise and smoke pollution and can present a fire hazard.

Equipped with multicolored lights, the drones were controlled by a central computer that programmed them to fly in specific patterns

Equipped with multicolored lights, the drones were controlled by a central computer that programmed them to fly in specific patterns

Equipped with multicolored lights, the drones were controlled by a central computer that programmed them to fly in specific patterns

The devices create gigantic atmospheres, countdown text and an enormous man running through the air, said to represent “the enormous changes and glorious achievements that Shanghai has made over the last 40 years of reform and opening up”

Several Australian cities had canceled their fireworks shows, as forest fires raged through the country.

However, Sydney decided to continue with its traditional multi-million dollar fireworks show – many Australians have said the display was a “slap in the face.”

Hundreds of forest fires have destroyed dozens of homes in New South Wales and Victoria, killed at least 12 people, and lost five more in Australia’s worst summer season in decades.

Witnessing the fireworks in the midst of the devastation, one person tweeted: ‘My parents are without electricity, their city is cut off and the southern one blows another fire at them. A fireworks show feels like a huge slap in the face. “

The display is part of a growing trend to find alternatives to fireworks that cause noise and smoke pollution and can present a fire hazard

The display is part of a growing trend to find alternatives to fireworks that cause noise and smoke pollution and can present a fire hazard

The display is part of a growing trend to find alternatives to fireworks that cause noise and smoke pollution and can present a fire hazard

The drones make a countdown in the air before midnight

The drones make a countdown in the air before midnight

The drones make a countdown in the air before midnight

A video shared by CGTN shows the drones that flicker during the countdown and then create a huge '2020' in the air at midnight. After which the devices ended the show with Chinese characters which means 'dream pursuit'

A video shared by CGTN shows the drones that flicker during the countdown and then create a huge '2020' in the air at midnight. After which the devices ended the show with Chinese characters which means 'dream pursuit'

A video shared by CGTN shows the drones that flicker during the countdown and then create a huge ‘2020’ in the air at midnight. After which the devices ended the show with Chinese characters which means ‘dream pursuit’

Another added: “My family members spend the night together on a boat ramp while they wait while fires subside and our prime minister gives a party.”

While the city’s famous skyline was illuminated with colorful pyrotechnics, thousands remained trapped on a beach in the coastal town of Mallacoota amidst apocalyptic scenes after being surrounded by furious forest fires.

Sydney’s Mayor Clover Moore responded to calls to cancel the event and reallocate funding to fire-affected regions, saying that fireworks planning began 15 months ago and most of the budget had already been allocated. The event was also a stimulus for the New South Wales economy.

Moore added that people watching the fireworks around the harbor see a donation link projected onto the Sydney Harbor Bridge pylons all night.

Meanwhile, ghostly photos of Mallacoota show how the sky turned blood red, while smoke from nearby fires enveloped the sun and reduced visibility to just a few meters.

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