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Dragon bridge that breathes fire opens in Da Nang, Vietnam (VIDEO)

Dramatic new steel bridge celebrates 38th anniversary of the capture of Da Nang by North Vietnamese forces during the war.

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The dragon dance is performed during the Chinese lunar new year celebrations in the Liberdade district in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb. 2, 2013. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

A fire-breathing dragon bridge has opened in Da Nang, Vietnam to commemorate the 38th anniversary of North Vietnamese troops capturing the city during the war with the United States.

The bridge, which spans the Han River, features 166 meters of undulating steel in the shape of a fire-breathing dragon. It's the world's largest dragon-shaped steel bridge, according to VietNamNet Bridge — though it's hard to imagine there's much competition for the honor.

For special occasions, the dragon's mouth is equipped to emit real fire or jets of water. The flashy project, lit at night by over 2,500 LED bulbs, cost a cool $85 million to construct.

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The New Jersey based Louis Berger Group built the bridge, which has been under construction since 2009, according to WTKR.com.

"This achievement is the result of the determination of Da Nang’s leaders and the consensus of the local people,” Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at the bridge's unveiling ceremony, VietNamNet Bridge reported.

"The government always supports Da Nang to become the center of economic, cultural, and economic development in the central and Central Highlands region as well as the country," he added.

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