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Olympic fireworks "green"
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18:55, July 24, 2008

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Fireworks to be launched at the August 8 Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing will be environmental friendly thanks to sophisticated technologies.

Officials of the opening and closing ceremonies department of the organization committee declared at the press conference on Wednesday, July 23 that some of the fireworks would use "so-called minimum smoke powder" and advanced launch technology to minimize this kind of environmental pollution.

The fireworks will amount to 35,000 shells. The quality of the fireworks are higher than the national standard. Out of the 10,000 shells set off during the July 16 rehearsal, less than 1 percent were duds - better than the 2 percent dud shell rate according to the national standard.

Officials also declared that all necessary preparations had been made to ensure that the operation would be safe enough both for spectators and for the Bird's Nest, one of the launch sites.

The fireworks will last 20 minutes and be launched at various places, such as the Olympic Forest, the north-south axis of Beijing and the Great Wall at Juyongguan.

By People's Daily Online

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