Taipei 101 fireworks show to feature LED display, last 6 minutes

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Taipei 101 will again showcase an LED lighting system at its annual New Year's Day fireworks display to ring in 2019, and the show will run longer than the one that opened 2018, Taipei Financial Center Corp., which owns the skyscraper, said Tuesday.

The fireworks and light display, which typically starts after the countdown to the New Year ends, will last a full six minutes, one minute longer than the display that ushered in 2018 even though it will have the same number of fireworks (16,000) and LED lights (14,000) as the previous show, the company said.

For the 2018 show, which cost approximately NT$60 million (US$1.94 million) , the number of fireworks used was cut nearly in half, to 16,000 from the 30,000 used at the 2017 New Year's Day to reduce air pollution.

The 2018 show, however, was augmented by a T-Pad wall composed of 140,000 LED lights that covered the exterior of Taipei 101 from the 35th to 90th floor and featured images of pop diva A-mei (???) and Chen Chin-feng (???), the first Taiwanese player to appear in a Major League Baseball (MLB) game in the United States.

Out of pollution concerns, this year's show will continue to feature the T-Pad wall design, the company said.

The production team is working hard to hammer out the details of the fireworks show, and part of the plan is expected to be unveiled in mid-November, the company said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel