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New Year’s Eve celebration: Sydney ushers in 2017 with dazzling fireworks extravaganza

Sydney Harbour has been set ablaze with light, colour and music as another dazzling fireworks display thrilled capacity crowds from around the world and marked the arrival of 2017.

After a year that many were happy to leave behind, an estimated 1.5 million people packed the foreshore on Saturday for a double bill of fireworks climaxing with the world famous midnight pyrotechnics extravaganza.

The two displays comprised an estimated seven tonnes of fireworks, including 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects.

Spectators gasped and cheered throughout the $7 million 9pm and midnight shows and embraced each other with wishes of “happy new year!”

A collective “whoo” could be heard with each new burst of colour and light.

Tributes to music legends Prince and David Bowie were a highlight of the night’s entertainment, with purple rain showering the harbour and illuminating the bridge and a constellation of space-inspired pyrotechnics.

The loudest applause came at the end when a golden waterfall cascaded from the bridge to the water below.

Chilean student Felipe Ortega told AAP he couldn’t believe he was in Sydney to see a show he usually watched on TV back home.

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