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Australian firm to light up Delhi skies for Games

The lasting image of the Beijing Olympics was the Bird’s Nest turning into a big fireball thanks to some state of the art pyrotechnics.

Written by Sobhana K | New Delhi |
June 4, 2010 11:23:47 pm

The lasting image of the Beijing Olympics was the Bird’s Nest turning into a big fireball thanks to some state of the art pyrotechnics. The spectacle was achieved with 30,000 fireworks fired from 32 different locations close to the iconic stadium in Beijing.

Now,it is up to Delhi to do something similar.

And Australian firm Howard and Sons,which has landed the contract for fireworks displays at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games,seems to have the pedigree to put up a good show. The Sydney firm,founded in 1922,was responsible for the fireworks display during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. They were also there when the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and during the inauguration of the Sydney Opera House in 1973.

Many Indian firms from fireworks hub Sivakasi too fought intensely for the contract. However,they could not make the final cut as the Organising Committee was clear that it needed someone who has experience of working at Olympics,Commonwealth Games,FIFA or Asian Games.

The opening ceremony will begin with aerial fireworks from the stadium roof. This will culminate in a 30-second display. There will be up to eight segments of fireworks during performance at the opening ceremony. Curtains will fall on the night with a five-minute display above and around stadium. A similar display is also being planned for the closing ceremony.

The fireworks will be triggered by a computer or a time code as required. The ground work for the two events will begin almost a month in advance. The firm will start installing the rigging and firing points on September 13. There will be two full dress rehearsals on September 29 and October 1 before the actual events.

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