Could drones be the new fireworks?
The dazzling LED displays are quickly replacing firecrackers
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The magic of fireworks have added brilliance to many of our most beloved celebrations, but in recent years environmentalists have been drawing attention to the damaging effects of the pyrotechnic debris—not to mention the monetary cost. For instance, Sydney spent AUD$6.5 million on their New Year's Eve fireworks display in 2019-2020. But drones could be a cheaper alternative, as well as a more inclusive one for those who are sensitive to loud explosions.
Fireworks originated in China, but China now is also leading the electronic replacement. To fight pollution, China banned fireworks in more than 400 cities, and the substitute drone shows have proven an equally, if not more impressive, display.
And they’re not the only ones sending hundreds of illuminated drones into stunning aerial ballets! Click through to see for yourself whether drones might replace fireworks entirely.
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