Not all is good about the firework shows on New Year’s Eve

Published on : Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Macau International Fireworks Display ContestWith only a day to go for the New Year’s Eve, as it ushers in 2016 with gaiety and jollity of pomp and show, showers of firecrackers bedazzle the sky welcoming another year where promises will be made towards a cleaner and pollution free world. Yes indeed celebrations have been planned at every corner of the world. But with resolutions in the climate summit, some countries have cut short the fire cracker display.


Enormous firework display has grown to be the ultimate status symbol for big cities around the world. The bigger the display the greater crowd the city is expected to draw.


London has always been a top ranking city as far as the firework displays are concerned. The city invites crowd in such huge numbers that a ticketing system had to be planned in order to organise the 300,000 people more systematically. In fact there was not enough space to accommodate crowds in such large numbers but there was excitement about having as many people. The city hotels, restaurants and bars were brimming with festive guests at this time of the year.


This year London is organising the fireworks display in support of Unicef’s New Year Resolution for Children.113, 000 ticket have already been sold. The city is already harping on public transport facility which will be free on buses and tubes from 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4am on New Year’s Day. In the last year the city displayed 400 different types of firework to create 10,000 explosions. These were fired from the London Eye, three barges and 14 pontoons.



In Sydney about 11,000 aerial shells and 40,000 comets and mines off the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and several barges were sent. Besides costing a huge Australian $7.2m (£3.79m) the pollution level in the city rose to a point of irritation.



In the Philippines writes an author from Mashable that the entire place resembled a warzone. Explosions were everywhere. When inside the house it felt like the whole city of Manila was being bombarded. The celebrations were vibrant, deafening and quite dangerous chaos of the festivities writes Annie Colbert. The airports had to be shut down and all flights were cancelled due to smoke. But the strangest part is despite all the chaos people still seemed to be having fun.



China, the makers of these pyrotechnic designers of firework which is the largest producer and supplier to the rest of the world has banned New Year’s Eve displays, citing air pollution. The country is encouraging its residents to replace the celebrations with flowers and electric lights especially after the increasing smog the city had to put up with just a month ago.


Each year the big cities namely London, Sydney, Dubai and Paris compete with each other on displaying uniqueness in their firework display. However, this year Paris will be observing a low key display owing to the terror attacks in the city.



Dubai created a record in 2013 and found a place in the Guinness record for the world’s largest pyrotechnic display, setting off 500,000 fireworks in six minutes. The event cost $6m (£3.86m), making it also the world’s most expensive display.



Low explosive pyrotechnic devices are used for aesthetic entertainment now for elaborate firework display which includes four primary effects noise, light, smoke, and floating materials like confetti.



The smoke from the fireworks consists of fine toxic dusts that can easily enter the lungs. Some contain sulphur-coal compounds, traces of heavy metal and even toxic chemicals and gases. They can add to the climate change and global warming. Those that fall into the river can contaminate the water supply. Firework exceeding 140 decibels and noise at 85 decibels or above can damage hearing. The noise can also scare pets and wildlife.



Firework display can be exchanged with friendly laser light shows, a kite show at night with LED would also make for good attraction. The trend of outdoor movies is fast fading, but there could be attractive ways of bringing it back. Electronic fireworks display lamps produce colorful explosions of light all night long without the pollution or noise of real fireworks. Electronic pyrotechnics don’t use explosives either. Electronic blasts can form a canopy up to 25 feet in the air that rain down glitter, confetti, rose petals or even candy. Firework displays can be replaced with more beneficial alternatives that would cause lesser pollution to the environment and add to the New Year Eve entertainment.

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