Rain dispersal rockets?

Opening Olympic ceremony in Beijing spared by more than 1,000 rain dispersal rockets?

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the government fired more than 1,000 “rain dispersal rockets” to blow rain clouds away and ensure dry air for the gala, four-hour event. It was said to be China’s largest rain dispersal operation and the first time such technology was used for an Olympics opening. Beijing’s Fengshan District in the city’s far South received almost an inch of rain Friday night.
“We fired a total of 1,104 rain dispersal rockets from 21 sites in the city between 4 p.m. and 11:39 p.m. on Friday, which successfully intercepted a stretch of rain belt from moving towards the stadium,” Guo Hu, head of the Beijing Municipal Meteorological Bureau told Xinhua.
There was a 90 percent humidity rate and early forecasts of rain.

NBCOlympics.com

Is this for real, or part of some bizarre spin game?

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