RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- The traditional New Year fireworks show
at Rio's famous Copacabana Beach will promote the 2009 International Year of
Astronomy, said Rio's Tourism Company (Riotur) Monday.
The date was set to pay homage to Italian astronomer Galileo Gallilei.
According to Riotur's Operations Director Bruno Matos, the show will stage
fireworks in several astronomy-related shapes, such as stars, comets and
The show, which is set to last 20 minutes, is expected to spend over 24
tons of explosives and 19,600 bombs
"It will be the most beautiful fireworks display ever seen at Copacabana
Beach," said Matos.
Some 2 million people are expected to watch the show at the Copacabana
Beach. They will also enjoy concerts and samba school performances.
According to Matos, three emergency spots and 24 mobile Intensive Care
Units (ICU) will be placed at the beach to offer help in case anyone gets
Some 4,000 police officers will be deployed there, local media reported.
Five other fireworks shows will be also staged in the city, and a total of
15,000 police officers will be deployed during the New Year festivities.