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The Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular

Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia


Thousands of people lined the shores of Sydney Harbour to watch a fireworks spectacular on Saturday night marking 100 years since the Royal Australian Navy fleet first entered the harbour. It was the biggest display since the city hosted the Olympic Games, with fireworks launched from city rooftops, the Harbour Bridge and the decks of warships, along with light projections, narration and music. The Sydney Opera House came alive with Navy imagery and history projected onto its sails, along with the message: "We salute you". Sailors watched on from the decks of warships and an estimated 1 million people witnessed the spectacular from parks, wharves and balconies.

The enormous fireworks display kicked off at 7:40pm (AEST) and lasted 30 minutes. Fireworks, which were launched from military boats and land, exploded over Sydney Harbour while a lightshow projected Navy history and imagery onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was wreathed in gunpowder smoke and traffic was cut from the usual eight lanes to four as truck-mounted searchlights added to the display.