חגיגות שנה חדשה 2020
Sydney Harbour Bridge lights up with fireworks to welcome 2020
Photo: Getty Images
Sydney Harbour Bridge lights up with fireworks to welcome 2020

Smokey Sydney kicks off world's New Year parties with a bang despite wildfires

Australia's largest city puts on a dazzling display of pyrotechnics over the glittering harbor amid calls for cancellations; 'we have committed to harnessing the enormous power of the event to raise more money for drought- and fire-affected communities,' says Sydney lord mayor

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Published: 12.31.19 , 18:44
Smoke-choked Sydney ushered in the New Year with a huge fireworks display, kicking off celebrations for billions around the world and ringing in the new decade.
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  • Australia's largest city usually puts on a dazzling display of pyrotechnics over the glittering harbor, but this year's celebrations have been overshadowed by calls to cancel the fireworks as devastating bushfires rage across the country.
     חגיגות שנה חדשה 2020 חגיגות שנה חדשה 2020
    Sydney Harbour Bridge lights up with fireworks to welcome 2020
    (Photo: Getty Images)


    Toxic smoke haze has shrouded Sydney for weeks and a petition to cancel the event out of respect for fire victims attracted more than 280,000 signatures.

    Fireworks displays were scrapped in Australia's capital, Canberra, and Sydney's western suburbs due to elevated fire danger and extreme weather conditions.
    Critics wanted Sydney to use the Aus$6.5 million ($4.5 million) spent on the display to fight bushfires ringing the city, but officials say the event is worth Aus$130 million to the economy and cancelling it would not help those impacted by the fires.
    The barely visible Sydney Harbour Bridge is enveloped in haze caused by nearby bushfiresThe barely visible Sydney Harbour Bridge is enveloped in haze caused by nearby bushfires
    The barely visible Sydney Harbor Bridge is enveloped in haze caused by nearby bushfires
    (Photo: AFP)
    "We have committed to harnessing the enormous power of the event to raise more money for drought- and fire-affected communities," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
    More than 100,000 fireworks lit up the skyline for the hundreds of thousands of spectators thronging the city Centre.
    Crowds were warned to take care as strong winds gusted in the harbor, forcing the cancellation of a boat display that would have blasted water into the sky.

    First published: 18:44 , 12.31.19
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