One of the most spectacular events of the year is the “Réveillon” fireworks at the Copacabana beach of Rio de Janeiro, with which Brazil enters the New Year.
This year again Rio de Janeiro gave prove why during this time of the year so many tourists prefer to spend their holiday season here.
During 20 minutes the public stood there agape with wonder by the beauty of the fireworks. A beautiful experience which, to the contrary of previous years, was not frustrated by growing smoke clouds.
Even Saint Peter was in a good mood as the heavy rains stopped by 23.00 hours.
According to the police some 2 million people enjoyed the spectacle.
The big surprise this year were the 'bombas filhotes', which multiply in the air.
Twenty-four tons of fireworks were fired from 8 pontoons.
The company New Fireworks realised the fireworks against a cost of R$ 1,6 million (ca. USD 600.000).
Early on the tourists as well as the cariocas (inhabitants of Rio) went to the Copacabana beach to enjoy a last dive in the ocean and secure a good place from which they could watch the fireworks. The pontoons, from which the fireworks should be launched, anchored during the afternoon in front of the beach.
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