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The 25th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest unveiled the première for its series of fireworks shows on Saturday with the Spanish and South African teams coming first on stage. The contest’s opening ceremony was held at the Macau Tower Outdoor Plaza. The fireworks display will continue on September 14, 19, 21 and 28, and lastly on October 1. Teams from France and China will present their fireworks shows on October 1 as a highlight for National Day.
Due to concerns about nautical safety (a ship collision occurred last year, resulting in the death of three fishermen), the interval between fireworks displays has been shortened this year. The first display starts at 9 p.m. as usual, followed by the second display at 9:40 p.m. Every display lasts for 18 minutes.
The ten teams in the 25th edition include fireworks companies from Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Korea, Portugal, Australia, Italy, Canada, France and mainland China. Four of the teams have won the championship in the past.
Meanwhile, the “Pyrotechnics Industry Forum” is scheduled from September 28 until October 1 as a supporting event for the fireworks contest. The forum will explore the topic of pyrotechnics industry development and lead discussions on how it can benefit the tourism industry.

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