New Year’s fireworks dazzle millions across the globe: 2015 kicks off in photos

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Millions of revellers converged on the beaches of Brazil, the streets of Seoul, South Korea, and New York’s Times Square to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes and Ebola outbreaks.

Worldwide people gathered to remember those lost in 2014 and offer blessings for the new year. But as always, the common thread for the major celebrations in congested downtowns and public squares was fireworks – and tons of them.

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople watch as Dubai celebrates the New Year with a light and sound extravaganza at midnight at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower on January 1, 2015.

In Dubai, fireworks surrounded the world’s tallest building, the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa, which flashed with colored lights and images of the country’s leaders as organizers went for a Guinness World Record for the largest LED-illuminated facade.

Sydney’s famed Opera House provided a stunning background for a trademark glittery celebration replete with a tropical-style fireworks display featuring gold and silver palm tree pyrotechnic effects.

And in New York partiers eager to claim spots to ring in 2015 in Times Square arrived hours early, enduring freezing temperatures and a scarcity of restrooms before the glittering ball drop at midnight at the Crossroads of the World.

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Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesA general view of atmosphere on the Champs-Elysees during the New Year’s Celebration on December 31, 2014 in Paris, France.
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AP Photo/Felipe DanaPeople watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Felipe Dana

AP Photo/Felipe DanaPeople watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
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Rob Stothard/Getty ImagesFireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
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PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople celebrate the New Year in Vilnius, on January 1, 2015. Lithuania switched over to the euro on January 1st, becoming the last Baltic nation to adopt Europe’s single currency in a bid to boost stability despite fears of inflation and eurozone debt woes.
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Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesA general view of atmosphere on the Champs-Elysees during the New Year’s Celebration on December 31, 2014 in Paris, France.
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Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesA general view of the Arc de Triomphe during the New Year’s Celebration on the Champs-Elysees on December 31, 2014 in Paris, France.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer

AP Photo/Jens MeyerIn this photo taken with a long time exposure, fireworks light the sky above the medieval Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary), left, and the St. Severi’s Church, right, shortly after midnight during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Margriet Faber

AP Photo/Margriet FaberFireworks explode at Bloemgracht during New Year celebrations in the center of Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Margriet Faber

AP Photo/Margriet FaberFireworks explode at Bloemgracht during New Year celebrations in the center of Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski

AP Photo/Boris GrdanoskiFireworks explode over the Archaeological Museum building in Skopje, Macedonia, during the New Year celebrations early Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

AP Photo/Czarek SokolowskiHundreds of people gather to see the fireworks display and celebrate the New Year at Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
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Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty ImagesFireworks explode above city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the New Year celebrations on January 1, 2015.
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Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty ImagesFireworks explode above city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the New Year celebrations on January 1, 2015.
AP Photo/PA, John Stillwell

AP Photo/PA, John StillwellFireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations Thursday Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer

AP Photo/Jens MeyerIn this picture taken with a long time exposure fireworks light the sky above the medieval Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary), left, and the St. Severi’s Church, right, shortly after midnight during New Year celebrations in Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Rob Stothard/Getty ImagesFireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Rob Stothard/Getty Images)Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Rob Stothard/Getty ImagesFireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images

Millions of revellers converged on the beaches of Brazil, the streets of Seoul, South Korea, and New York’s Times Square to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes and Ebola outbreaks.

Worldwide people gathered to remember those lost in 2014 and offer blessings for the new year. But as always, the common thread for the major celebrations in congested downtowns and public squares was fireworks – and tons of them.

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople watch as Dubai celebrates the New Year with a light and sound extravaganza at midnight at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower on January 1, 2015.

In Dubai, fireworks surrounded the world’s tallest building, the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa, which flashed with colored lights and images of the country’s leaders as organizers went for a Guinness World Record for the largest LED-illuminated facade.

Sydney’s famed Opera House provided a stunning background for a trademark glittery celebration replete with a tropical-style fireworks display featuring gold and silver palm tree pyrotechnic effects.

And in New York partiers eager to claim spots to ring in 2015 in Times Square arrived hours early, enduring freezing temperatures and a scarcity of restrooms before the glittering ball drop at midnight at the Crossroads of the World.

Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesA general view of atmosphere on the Champs-Elysees during the New Year’s Celebration on December 31, 2014 in Paris, France.
AP Photo/Felipe Dana

AP Photo/Felipe DanaPeople watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Felipe Dana

AP Photo/Felipe DanaPeople watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Rob Stothard/Getty ImagesFireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images

PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople celebrate the New Year in Vilnius, on January 1, 2015. Lithuania switched over to the euro on January 1st, becoming the last Baltic nation to adopt Europe’s single currency in a bid to boost stability despite fears of inflation and eurozone debt woes.
Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesA general view of atmosphere on the Champs-Elysees during the New Year’s Celebration on December 31, 2014 in Paris, France.
Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesA general view of the Arc de Triomphe during the New Year’s Celebration on the Champs-Elysees on December 31, 2014 in Paris, France.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer

AP Photo/Jens MeyerIn this photo taken with a long time exposure, fireworks light the sky above the medieval Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary), left, and the St. Severi’s Church, right, shortly after midnight during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Margriet Faber

AP Photo/Margriet FaberFireworks explode at Bloemgracht during New Year celebrations in the center of Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Margriet Faber

AP Photo/Margriet FaberFireworks explode at Bloemgracht during New Year celebrations in the center of Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski

AP Photo/Boris GrdanoskiFireworks explode over the Archaeological Museum building in Skopje, Macedonia, during the New Year celebrations early Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

AP Photo/Czarek SokolowskiHundreds of people gather to see the fireworks display and celebrate the New Year at Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty ImagesFireworks explode above city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the New Year celebrations on January 1, 2015.
Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty ImagesFireworks explode above city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the New Year celebrations on January 1, 2015.
AP Photo/PA, John Stillwell

AP Photo/PA, John StillwellFireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations Thursday Jan. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer

AP Photo/Jens MeyerIn this picture taken with a long time exposure fireworks light the sky above the medieval Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary), left, and the St. Severi’s Church, right, shortly after midnight during New Year celebrations in Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Rob Stothard/Getty ImagesFireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Rob Stothard/Getty Images)Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Rob Stothard/Getty ImagesFireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.

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