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Australia kicks off the New Year with fireworks over Sydney Harbor

And we're off! New Year's Eve fireworks in Australia kick off celebrations around the world. You can see more images of New Year's celebrations HERE

Tim Wimborne / Reuters

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year on Jan. 1, 2011. Local authorities planned for over 1.5 million people to crowd Sydney Harbor and welcome in the new year under the massive fireworks display.

Rob Griffith / AP

The sky above tall Sydney city buildings light up with the 9 p.m. fireworks display on New Year's Eve in Australia, Dec. 31. Enthusiastic Australians camped out at parks alongside the Sydney Harbor Bridge to win the best view of the New Year's Eve fireworks.

Tim Wimborne / Reuters

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbor during a pyrotechnic show three hours before the New Year, Dec. 31. The eight minute fireworks display was aimed at families with children who will not be awake for the traditional massive fireworks display at midnight.

Tim Wimborne / Reuters

Fireworks explode near the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show three hours before the New Year, Dec. 31.