Thousands flee fireworks blasts as New Year’s celebrations go wrong at Aussie beach (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Two people were injured and thousands had to flee after a barge carrying fireworks caught fire at an Australian beach. Videos on social media show a huge explosion followed by an inferno, with people running and shouting.
The fireworks erupted at Terrigal Beach in New South Wales on Sunday evening. Two men operating the fireworks were slightly injured in the incident.
“Two men on the barge suffered minor injuries and were treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital,” a NSW police spokesman said.
Thousands of spectators were forced to flee the beach just five minutes into the show after the barge caught fire, according to reports in local media.
I started off my new year with a real bang. Before midnight, we went to see fireworks at about 9. It went completley downhill from there. This is the photo right when it was happening (1st photo) . Good timing right? This is where I was sitting and my view of what happened. Anyways, there was a firework malfunction and all went off at once, except the midnight ones and about a box full of others. After they all shot out, the boat caught fire! It started to spread, and the midnight fireworks we're set off. The police then began to take everyone off the beach. Noone was really panicked except for the few with crying children. Right as we got off the beach and onto a nearby lookout, the extra fireworks went off, and one went sideways. It landed right where we had been sitting previously. That's when we headed back. Next, we stayed in a caravan overnight with close family friends and I met my new rabbit friend. He was wild but I named him Coconut. We did see a turkey and a few other animals, like the possums that woke us up, same as the Kookaburras. Even though I never really slept. The first thing I said was Bangtan soneyeondan! 13 is mine and so is Park Jimin! I did really start it off with a bang. We went on 5am walks then went back to home. Happy new years everyone!!
“The fireworks were going off as you’d expect and then suddenly there was a hell of an explosion. Next thing the barge was on fire,” Terrigal resident Kevin Andrews said, as cited by the Sydney Morning Herald. The explosions left the barge “well and truly alight right in front of the surf club,” another spectator said.