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Olympic show `all sparkle, no smoke`
  

The traditional Chinese spectacle of fireworks displays will light up Beijing the night of the Olympics` opening ceremony - but the surrounding air will remain relatively clear thanks to highly advanced pyrotechnics.

Fireworks with magnetic valves to control explosions of compressed air will produce just 20 percent of the smoke emitted from traditional chemical blasts, according to information released yesterday by the office of the Hi-Tech Olympic Games Action Plan.


Workers checks street lamps powered by wind energy in the Olymic village in Qingdao, Shandong Province, which will host some of the water sports at this summer`s Games. [File photo]

"The whole process will not generate strong and smelly smoke," Yang Chunyi, head of the technology department of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games, said of the green innovation in store for August 8.

"It is not only safe and environmentally friendly, but also can result in a better picture presentation for both television and photography."

From fireworks to clean-fuel transportation, the Games will use a host of cutting-edge technologies and environmental measures to ensure a clean and green games, technology authorities told a press conference held by the State Council Information Office.

According to Wan Gang, minister of science and technology, new technologies have been developed to meet the scientific and technological demands of large-scale events, venue building and competition organization directly related to the Games.

For instance, a food tracing system will be in place for the safe transportation of products destined for the Olympics, Wan said .

Included in the system are bar codes, which act as `identity cards` for vegetables and livestock.

By scanning them at supermarkets or by using mobile phones and the Internet, both authorities and the public will have access to information on the production area, date, producer, brand and source of the goods.

"We had a trial of the food- produ