Disney stages new test, but it's all quiet in Discovery Bay

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2005, 12:00am

The latest fireworks test run staged at the Disneyland site in Penny's Bay last night passed a noise test in nearby Discovery Bay.

About 40 residents turned out to watch the display, which began half an hour later than scheduled at 9.30pm.

Fireworks rose into the night sky but spectators on the beach said they detected little noise.

The only sounds that could be heard were screams from children thrilled with the display.

'It is beautiful and I am happy,' said four-year-old Carine Au Ka-yu. Although there was little noise from the 15-minute firecracker display, Wong Sin-lun, who has lived in Discovery Bay for 15 years, said he had enjoyed the show.

'The effect is really mild, which I think is acceptable,' he said.

Islands district councillor Amy Yung Wing-sheung said the noise from the fireworks display was acceptable given that the events would be staged nightly after the theme park opens.

But she criticised the park for not consulting residents directly and urged the government to closely monitor the effect on the environment.

Six more rehearsals will be held up to August 15 before the park's main rehearsal on August 16.

Disney last month won official backing for its fireworks after deeming its own tests met environmental standards, despite gaps in the information it provided to an environmental watchdog.

The Advisory Council on the Environment said in July that a fireworks trial on May 6 and 7 met noise and air quality requirements in general but it wanted Disney to provide more information.