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What A Fireworks Show! Dubai High-Rise Burns, But New Year's Celebration Goes On!

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:20:55 Z)

Dubai celebrated the New Year's arrival with a massive fireworks display even as the city's skyline was lighted by flames that engulfed the 68-story Address Hotel.

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Although it appeared the city was suffering a huge disaster, officials decided to go on with what was perhaps the most spectacular and bizarre New Year's show ever. The most remarkable were ignited nearby at the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa,

The fire reportedly spread from a curtain on a 20th floor room of the hotel and quickly spread throughout the whole structure. Still, officials were downplaying the significance of the blaze, insisting it was 90% contained despite continued explosions and collapsing balconies. They reported on 14 minor injuries and an orderly evacuation.

The messages from officials appeared to clash with the visual images. "Internal fire extinguishers are preventing spread of fire inside the hotel," one tweet said, even as the flames appeared to spread internally.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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