Centenary fireworks cost €100,000 more than presumed

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The spectacular pyrotechnic display on the banks of the River Daugava in central Rīga on the occasion of Latvia's centenary cost about €100,000 more than it had been noted hitherto.

The €285,000 bill for carrying out the project was, it turns out, augmented by costs for musicians and designing the scenario, bringing the total bill to taxpayers to about €370,000.

Out of this, €200,000 was government spending and €170,000 was paid for by the city of Rīga.

The Riga City Council says it was never asked about the total spending for the event attended by about 110,000 people and seen on TV screens by a further 500,000.

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