New Year fireworks in London (Video)

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.