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.
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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