Palma.—Palma City Council has decided to go ahead with the hugely popular and spectacular night of Aiguafoc (water and fire), although City Hall has been able to trim the budget from the 300'000 euros spent last year to just over 93'000 this year.

Over the past few years, the council has held a fire running spectacular but it only attracted some 50'000 people compared to the 250'000 the last firework display drew from all over the island and business in La Lonja and along the Paseo Maritimo are pleased that the firework display is being held again.

The Councillor for Social Services, Sandra Fernandez, explained that for security reasons, the fireworks will be launched from the commercial quay - well away from the general public and also the Cathedral.

The firework display will begin at 8pm and last for half an hour with fireworks, some of which will actually be launched out at sea, expected to reach a height of 200 metres over the Bay.

Obviously, part of the Paseo Maritimo will be closed to traffic and access to the centre of Palma will also be restricted for security reasons. However, a major police and emergency service operation will be put into operation and the EMT municipal bus company will be running special services from key car parks on the outskirts of the city to prevent complete gridlock in the centre of the capital. Extra trains will also be laid on for those coming to Palma from outlying areas.

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