Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Americans put on a super fireworks show

Posted by Kimberly on September 30, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 30, 2007, page 4 (319 words)

For the USA team, Illumination Internationale Ltd., it was all about being super, as the theme to Superman began their show, with spectators thrown right into the mix. It started off simply, a firework here and there, mixing in a few gold showers being increasing the quantity to pairs and quartets of green, red and blue.
The music slid into the classical scene, with the fireworks slowing down to reflect this, beautifully perfect circles of red, green and blue stars, mixed with bigger bursts of red.
As the crescendo rose, so did the fireworks, their quantity, brightness and frequency, eliciting several gasps and rounds of applause.
At one stage it was a glorious burst of at least half a dozen different fireworks spread across the night sky, blending into each other and creating a montage of colours and shapes. The finale was magnificent, quite possibly its closest competition being Taiwan, judging by the audience’s reaction. With each crescendo of a note, another firework was added, to the point where the thunderous roar and blinding light was all one could see and hear. And just as suddenly, it all disappeared, leaving behind trails of smoke and rapturous applause.
Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks from Japan’s start was immediate as well, drawing in the crowd with their propensity for straight-shooting massive fireworks. It turned out to be the most technically perfect display so far, the fireworks being shot to what appeared to be the exact tempo of the Japanese pop music being played. The single shots were straight and exploded cleanly to reveal perfect rings one moment and beautiful daffodils the next. One firework in particular looked almost as if it had pursed its lips before blowing a kiss to the audience. The finale was a speculate, heavy Japanese rock music accompanying the monstrous display that ended with an exhilarating burst of fireworks, mostly silver, that seemed to stretch across the entire city.


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