July 27 - Fireworks exploded in the sky over Olympic Park as part of the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION
More than a billion people from around the world watched the official start to the 17-day contest where more than 16,000 athletes from 204 countries will compete for their sport's ultimate prize - Olympic gold.
Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle masterminded the show, which cost 42 million dollars to stage, less than half the cost of the Beijing extravaganza, and lasted nearly four hours.
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