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Patt Morrison for July 26, 2012

Fireworks explode next to the National Stadium, also known as the
Fireworks explode next to the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 8, 2008. A thundering display of fireworks exploded over the "Bird's Nest" stadium in the shape of a blossoming red flower as China put the full glory of its rich history on display at the Olympic opening ceremony. Some 91,000 people, many waving Chinese flags, packed into the National Stadium on a hot and humid night for a spectacular show masterminded by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Zhang Yimou. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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