Opening night pyrotechnic heaven

The man behind the Rugby World Cup opening night fireworks is promising a bang fit for the start of the millennium. Photo / file
The man behind the Rugby World Cup opening night fireworks is promising a bang fit for the start of the millennium. Photo / file

Fireworks which will light up the sky on Friday night for the opening night of Rugby World Cup 2011 are set to rival those set off to mark the new millennium.

Three and a half tonnes of fireworks will mark the beginning of the cup.

They'll be positioned on the Sky Tower, four buildings in the CBD, the Auckland Domain, and on four barges on the Waitemata Harbour.

Van Tiel Pyrotechnics spokesman Martin Van Tiel says the fireworks have been given a Kiwi flavour.

He says there'll be some based on pohutukawa and kowhai flowers, punga trees and kiwis shooting in the sky.

Martin Van Tiel says the display will get underway at eight on opening night.

- Newstalk ZB

- Newstalk ZB

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