Friday, April 25, 2014   

Taipei duck goes off with a bang
(12-31 17:38)

A giant yellow duck on display in a northern Taiwan port exploded Tuesday, just hours before it was expected to attract a big crowd to count down the new year.
The 18-metere duck on show at Keelung burst around noon and deflated into a floating yellow disc, only 11 days after it went on display.
It was the second time that a giant inflatable duck -- a bath toy replica created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman -- had burst while on show in Taiwan.
"We want to apologise to the fans of the yellow rubber duck.... the weather is fine today and we haven't found the cause of the problem. We will carefully examine the duck to determine the cause,'' organiser Huang Jing-tai told reporters.
Organizers had planned to stay open past midnight Tuesday in anticipation of a large new year crowd.--AFP

   
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