Midnight fireworks leave crowds in awe

Sydney’s spectacular fireworks welcomed the New Year like never before.

At the stroke of midnight, more than 65,000 fireworks were launched from seven barges across Sydney Harbour, accompanied by lighting effects spanning the length of the Harbour Bridge from end to end and over the arch.

Inspired by the ‘pulse of Sydney’ theme, the 12-minute spectacular featured new wave-effect and pulsating fireworks, as well as new lime and peach coloured fireworks in celebration of the Australian summer.

Image: Getty Images / City of Sydney

Under the direction of fireworks maestro, Fortunato Foti, Sydney New Year’s Eve is one of the largest and most technical fireworks displays in the world.

The displays use a combination of lighting effects and fireworks manufactured from biodegradable paper. This uses less power and minimises the event’s environmental impact while putting on a world-class event for Sydneysiders and visitors alike.

Foti International Fireworks spent more than 5,000 hours over the last 15 months planning and preparing for the fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.

Image: Getty Images / City of Sydney

The event incorporated 8.5 tonnes of fireworks – 500kg more than in 2017 – making it the biggest show ever.

The celebrations featured more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects, including 13,000 shells and 35,000 shooting comets.

The fireworks were digitally launched via 18 computers that were linked with more than 60 kilometres of wire and cables, to ensure synchronisation with a specially-created music soundtrack.

Image: Getty Images / City of Sydney

Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks are manufactured from biodegradable paper and compounds that dissipate after use to minimise the environmental impact. The City draws on improved technology, energy saving LED and low wattage lighting.

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