New Year's Eve celebrations kick off as world welcomes in 2018

The city of Austin is planning a family-friendly New Year's Eve event Dec. 31 at Auditorium Shores

Terresa Hale who is the wife of the Turning Point Church Pastor, Thomas, has spent the holiday working at a Mr. W. fireworks superstore near Bellmead for five years.

"We have almost four hours of fun and entertainment", she said.

The 2017 display will celebrate Australia's "yes" vote for marriage equality with a cascading rainbow of fireworks as well as a dazzling, gold display developed by Jackman with fireworks director Fortunato Foti.

The party starts at 9 p.m. Sunday with a performance by R&B artist Alexis Joyce at the Inner Harbor Ampitheater.

An earlier display was held for families wanting to ring in the New Year early.

"We're here. We're loud".

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People watch the fireworks display over the central square during the New Year's celebration in the Belarusian town of Novogrudok.

For some truly iconic fireworks, look no further than the annual Sydney New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Sydney, Australia. It won't happen there until 7:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. CT the following morning.

"It's important that they see officers out there, but there will also be officers that you will not see, because we will also have a plain clothes presence there as well."

There are two designated times during the year that you can legally purchase fireworks in the state. "We're looking to accommodate a lot of guests", owner Paul Kulik said. The new technology that goes into these shows has radically changed how firework shows are designed, created and run.

"Back home, the first thing you see on TV is Sydney, the fireworks in Sydney, so it's a must", she said.

Every year fireworks are a big boom, but every year make sure you are lighting them in the right place and at the right time. Put them down, then ignite them and walk away.

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