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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Possibly the greatest New Year's Eve party on earth will be a little shorter this year, with a fireworks display reduced from 16 minutes to 12 minutes. Amidst the state's financial crisis, the city's tourism secretary Antônio Pedro Figueira Mello announced the reduction via Globo TV's morning news show "Bom Dia Rio".

Secretary Mello explained that while a lack of sponsorship means a shorter firework display, the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?