The annual “Family fireworks” in Sydney, attended by around 1.5 million people, drew amazement from excited crowds.
The display – at around 9pm local time – is slightly earlier than midnight to allow parents to take their children to bed.
Shortly after, New Zealand sparked off the start of 2017 with its fabulous fireworks display at Sky Tower – a show that was the culmination of six months’ planning.
Not all went smoothly, however, as a firefighters rushed to put fire throwing plumes of smoke into the air at Four Seasons hotel in Circular Quay, Sydney.
But fire troubles were quickly put to rest as fire services brought the situation under control.
Musical greats who have died this year are being honoured, as fireworks shaped like stars, the sun and moon honoured David Bowie.
Purple rain showers paid tribute to Prince.
Celebrations of the lives of global music superstars who passed away this year are expected at tonight’s fireworks display at the London Eye on the banks of the Thames, where more than 110,000 spectators are expected to gather in the run-up to midnight.
Pacific Islands Kiribati and Samoa were among the first in the world to welcome the start of 2017.
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