Sydney sparks global wave of New Year fireworks
SYDNEY (AFP) - Asian capital cities brought in the New Year in spectacular style after Sydney set off a global wave of fireworks, with long-isolated Yangon joining the pyrotechnic partying for the first time.
Australia's famous harbour city brought in the New Year on a balmy summer night with a US$6.9 million (S$8.4 million) display curated by pop icon Kylie Minogue.
To the roars of the crowds, the sky erupted at midnight as fireworks shot up from barges and jet skis in the harbour and cascaded from the Harbour Bridge, bursting and glimmering overhead.
"This is really putting Australia on the map in terms of welcoming people to the New Year," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.