Sydney Starts Off 2010 With a Bang

Australian city gets drop on New Zealand with early display
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 12:25 PM CST
Sydney Starts Off 2010 With a Bang
The annual New Year's Eve fireworks illuminate the sky over Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2009. The 2009 into 2010 theme is 'Awaken the Spirit' with more than 1.5 million people expected.   (Getty Images)

Sydney welcomed 2010 a little early this year, with a 9pm fireworks display over the harbor for the family crowd. That hour in Australia happens to fall at midnight in Auckland, New Zealand, which usually lays claim to the first big celebration of the New Year, but appears to have been eclipsed by what many consider the best display in the world. Sydney set off still more fireworks when the year actually turned there, the Times reports. (More Sydney stories.)

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