31/12/2019 7:53 AM AEDT

Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks Will Go Ahead

Many have called for the famous NYE show to be cancelled due to bushfires.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the midnight display on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour on January 1, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour\City of Sydney/Getty Images)

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service confirmed that Sydney’s iconic fireworks display on New Year’s Eve would proceed despite calls for its cancellation due to the bushfires gripping the state.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) declared a total fire ban for the region, but granted an exemption for the Sydney Harbour display. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather around the harbour in Sydney to watch the city’s world-famous firework celebrations. Temperatures are forecasted to spike on New Year’s Eve. 

Fireworks in rural locations as well as Western Sydney and Wollongong were cancelled amid fears they would spark more fires.

An online petition calling for the Sydney spectacle to be cancelled and the money given to farmers and firefighters had attracted more than 270,000 signatures by late Monday.

NYE celebrations have been cancelled in Parramatta, Wollongong and Campbelltown due to unsafe weather. 

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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on January 1, 2019. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
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