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Watch Shanghai’s incredible New Year’s Eve drone show

Shanghai New Year Drone display

Increasingly, New Year’s Eve fireworks displays are being reconsidered by cities large and small across the world.

For one, they’re a fire hazard — that’s the reason wildfire-stricken Australia has eschewed them recently. They also emit smoke and particulate matter, an area of concern for pollution-plagued places like China and India.

Shanghai New Year
Shanghai New Year Drone Display

This year, Shanghai opted for a stunning alternative: drones.

Over 2,000 drones took the skies on Tuesday night, illuminating the sky above the Huangpu River with moving lights. In one configuration, they became a running man. In another, they counted down the seconds until midnight.

The drones, fitted with multi-coloured lights, were controlled not by individual drone pilots, but by a central computer which can program them to fly around in any conceivable pattern.

Check out the celebratory drone display below.

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