- 8.5 tons of fireworks
- 18 shipping containers of equipment
- Cost to Sydney: $5.78 million
- Money it brings in to Sydney's economy: $133 million
- Expected attendance: 1.6 million people
- Expected worldwide viewing audience: 1+ billion people
- Individual pyrotechnic effects: 100,000
- Length of midnight display: approximately 12 minutes
About 3.5 hours away from us on New Year's Eve, Sydney will be staging a stupendous display of fireworks, with a show at 9 pm for families and one at midnight to usher in 2019. Sydney's world-famous fireworks for the new year began in 1976, and the displays have grown in size and popularity. This year's show will be one of the largest and most technically advanced in the world. Just looking at the numbers is impressive:
Given that the big event only lasts about 12 minutes, I'll be staying comfortably at home this year and watching it on TV. Happy New Year, everyone!
Rose Ciccarelli is an American writer and editor living in Canberra, Australia.