New Year fireworks in London (Video)

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New Year fireworks in London (Video)
New Year fireworks in London (Video)

Britons have complained of difficulties watching the London fireworks display amid claims it was a ‘smoke fest’.

Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames to watch the display in front of the London Eye as the clock struck midnight.

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More than 100,000 tickets were snapped up for the sold-out event and people were packed into the streets around Victoria Embankment to welcome the new decade.

But hundreds took to social media to bemoan the apparently smoke-filled spectacle, which London Mayor Sadiq Khan said would be “the best fireworks London has ever seen.”

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One person wrote: “Who else is watching the London Smoke Display? Were there supposed to be fireworks?”

Another said: “I hope everyone who queued hours to see the London fireworks enjoyed the whole 20 seconds they could see before the big cloud of smoke obstructed their view.”

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Last year, £2.3 million was spent on the spectacle, with an additional £800,000 raised through ticket sales.

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