One million revelers cheered as fireworks sprayed from Sydney's iconic Harbor Bridge in a massive display at the stroke of midnight, hours after New Year-related explosions Monday caused casualties in Thailand and the Philippines.
Sydney was one of the first major cities in the world to usher in 2008. Thousands staked out harborside vantage points with beach umbrellas and ice boxes from first light Monday to enjoy Australia's annual centerpiece celebration.
Others joined a flotilla of 3,000 boats beneath the giant steel arch bridge for what organizers billed as the world's largest fireworks show.
In 12 minutes, 600,000 Australian dollars (US$527,000;