Melbourne was glittering in pyrotechnic stars on New Year’s Eve with a midnight fireworks extravaganza visible from anywhere with a view of the city skyline.
“At the strike of midnight, the ‘Melbourne moment’ sound effect marked the beginning of the new year and was followed by a stunning ten-minute fireworks display said Lord Mayor Peter Doyle.
“Crowds enjoyed more firing sites and new fireworks launched from some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, including the Arts Centre Spire, connecting a pyrotechnic rainbow of colour from the central city to Docklands.
The show was produced by the Melbourne Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics crew , the same crew responsible for the past three Melbourne New Year’s Eves, the Moomba Festival river fireworks shows, and the 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Andrew Howard, Managing Director of Howard and Son Pyrotechnics, said this year’s display featured new pyrotechnic effects never before used in the country.
“This was the biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display Melburnians have ever seen with new product, new firing sites and it was a great show.” Mr Howard said.
“A team of 25 pyrotechnicians worked around the clock for seven days to install, fire and dismantle the equipment and will spend 100 hours designing and programming the fireworks display on a computer.
“The midnight display saw around 28,000 shots of pyrotechnic effects and 2,500 large aerial shells launched from various sites throughout the city.