August 25, 2008
Chinese Rockets Stop Olympic Rains
Chinese authorities say they used rockets and chemicals to stop a thunderstorm from hitting the Olympics' final ceremonies.
Weather officials acknowledged using airplanes and several hundred rockets with rain dispersal materials Sunday afternoon after inclement weather coming from Mongolia was predicted, the Chinaofficial Xinhua news agency reported Monday.
Eight planes were sent between 2 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. from neighboring areas and the outskirts of Beijing to disperse chemicals. Additionally, officials fired 241 rocket shells in nine rounds to disperse the rain clouds.
It was at least the second such usage of weather alteration technology during the Olympics. The Chinese also set off more than 1,000 rain dispersal rockets on the evening of the opening ceremony.