Dubai's New Year's Celebrations Were More Restrained than New York's

Dubai rang in the new year last night by shooting flames out of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. If you ever wondered what a half-mile-tall sparkler looks like, watch the above video.

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Staten Island Man Will Not Stand For Minor League Baseball Stadium's Fireworks

Watch the video above. That, friends, is the consequence of living near the Richmond County Bank Ballpark: fireworks all the time, after every home game, according to this account by a Staten Island resident named Steve in Brick Underground.

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Satellite Has Fallen, Location Unknown; 43% Think Obama Is Better Than Bush; Putin To Run For Prez Of Russia Again

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UARS -- the 6-ton satellite that just maybe was going to hit you -- fell back to earth sometime between 11:23 p.m. Friday and 1:09 a.m. Saturday EDT, NASA has said. But even though it "penetrated the atmosphere" over the Pacific Ocean, when and where it exactly fell is still unknown, so let the conspiracy theories begin. If you do happen find one of the 26 pieces of UARS that were expected to have reached Earth, NASA says don't touch and call law enforcement. (Read: no souvenirs.) People in San Antonio, Texas and Hawaii have already reported seeing flying objects that could have been the satellite. [NASA, CNN]

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Redman Buying Fireworks is on the Front Page of the New York Times

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Subscribers to the New York Times were greeted this morning by a picture of Redman buying fireworks on the front page. The image of the rapper holding a $189.99 set of Flower Power fireworks graces an article about the budgetary repercussions of banning fireworks. Redman is briefly interviewed in the piece, bemoaning the fact that he can't buy them in New Jersey and has to travel to Pennsylvania (where he was photographed) in order to purchase them. "My father took me to buy fireworks, and now I'm doing it for my kids," he told the paper. [NYT]

Happy Fourth of July From the NYPD


Yesterday morning, the NYPD set off around 5,000 lbs. of confiscated fireworks at a firing range in the Bronx. If a New York City police officer took your bottle rockets, M80s, mortars or tunguska blast, take solace in knowing that your fireworks fulfilled their destiny and totally got exploded. Hats off to the NYPD on this one; this is way cooler than just submerging them in water. [NYT via Gawker]


4 Great Places to Watch the Fireworks on the Fourth

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Since 1958, the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display has been a New York City tradition. The fireworks were originally set off on the Hudson, but in 1976 they moved to the East River. Last year, they returned to the Hudson to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of the river. This year, the display will be on the Hudson again. It starts at 9:20 p.m. and should last 26 minutes. The theme of this year's show is "Gift of Freedom"; the event will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. After the jump, we've got some suggestions on where to watch the fireworks.

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