New Year’s Eve: Thunderstorms held back to reveal stunning fireworks display
Image: Jason Plummer via Twitter
Expected storms did not dampen the spirits of revellers ringing in the New Year in Brisbane overnight with crowds flocking to the foreshore for a glimpse of the spectacular pyrotechnics.
Despite earlier storms, crowds gathered at South Bank, Kangaroo Point and Eagle Street Pier and Portside to secure a spot at some of the best vantage points across the city.
Great fireworks on the South bank in Brisbane to see in the new year! They do fireworks at 8.30pm for the kids and again at midnight for the party animals! What a great idea! #HappyNewYear2018 pic.twitter.com/qWVO8Ahlr0
— Jason Plummer (@jasonplummer2) December 31, 2017
Seven tonnes of fireworks were shipped in to welcome 2018 in front of an estimated crowd of more than 85,000.
Superintendent Tony Flemming says crowds were generally well-behaved but about 18 arrests were made in Brisbane.
In Ipswich thunderstorms saw the local display cancelled.