31 Dec '11, 2pm

Sydney rings in New Year with spectacular fireworks

Sydney rings in New Year with spectacular fireworks

SYDNEY: Spectacular fireworks burst over Sydney Harbour to ring in the New Year at midnight, kicking off noisy celebrations for billions around the world to mark the end of 2011. Sydney's harbour erupted in a blaze of colour and light on the stroke of midnight with a 12-minute pyrotechnic display drawing more than 1.5 million people to crowded foreshores and city landmarks. Shapes of clouds and hearts floated above Australia's biggest city, while glittering lights cascaded off the focal point of the display, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and fireworks launched from barges and rooftops exploded overhead. "Every year we make sure our celebrations are bigger and better than the one before," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said. Australia's colourful midnight display attracts global attention, but from New York's glittering Times Square, to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and Hong Kong'...

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