Revellers slam smoky London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display

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

Hundreds have taken to Twitter following the display, which featured more than 12,000 fireworks, to raise concerns about the issue.

Some said it was a ‘blurred smoke fest’ while others claimed the ‘damp air’ caused a lot of problems with visibility. One tweeted: ‘What was that big puff of smoke display which was a supposed to be fireworks in London for NYE?’

Another claimed the weather was ‘too good’ for the display, meaning a lack of wind prevented the smoke from being cleared away. 

Pictures show smoke enveloping the London Eye during the display, as around 100,000 revellers packed into the streets around Victoria Embankment to watch. 

The budget for this year’s display has not yet been revealed – but the New Year’s Eve 2018 display cost £2.3million, and saw £800,000 raised from ticket sales. 

Fireworks explode over the London Eye Ferris wheel by the River Thames in London, to mark the start of the new year. But some have complained of issues with watching the display

Fireworks explode over the London Eye Ferris wheel by the River Thames in London, to mark the start of the new year. But some have complained of issues with watching the display

Fireworks explode over the London Eye Ferris wheel by the River Thames in London, to mark the start of the new year. But some have complained of issues with watching the display

Hundreds have complained of difficulties with viewing the London fireworks display, as smoke prevented viewers from watching on the television

Hundreds have complained of difficulties with viewing the London fireworks display, as smoke prevented viewers from watching on the television

Hundreds have complained of difficulties with viewing the London fireworks display, as smoke prevented viewers from watching on the television 

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel, spelling out "Euro 2020" during New Year celebrations in central London. But the words were difficult to make out for many watching the display at home

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel, spelling out "Euro 2020" during New Year celebrations in central London. But the words were difficult to make out for many watching the display at home

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel, spelling out ‘Euro 2020’ during New Year celebrations in central London. But the words were difficult to make out for many watching the display at home

The London Eye was almost obscured by all the smoke during the fireworks display in the capital last night

The London Eye was almost obscured by all the smoke during the fireworks display in the capital last night

The London Eye was almost obscured by all the smoke during the fireworks display in the capital last night

A grab of the fireworks display around the London Eye in the capital as shown on BBC One last night

A grab of the fireworks display around the London Eye in the capital as shown on BBC One last night

A grab of the fireworks display around the London Eye in the capital as shown on BBC One last night

 

Writing on Twitter, Steve Matthews, who appeared to know the creators of the display, said: ‘So gutted for Titanium Fireworks, weather is too good for fireworks and it ended up being a smoke fest.

‘Well done to the BBC for moving the helicopter behind so we can see on TV.’ 

While another wrote: ‘Did anyone actually see the London fireworks or was the whole cloud of smoke thing just my eyes’. 

And another said: ‘Happy New Year everybody but can I just mention I couldn’t see much of the London fireworks through the smoke’. 

Hazy Brown added: ‘Were there any fireworks? So much smoke this year in London you couldn’t see the display properly’.  

Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade to the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions with the festivities providing a prelude to the Euro 2020 football tournament. Some have complained of difficulties watching the display however, with smoke obscuring the view

Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade to the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions with the festivities providing a prelude to the Euro 2020 football tournament. Some have complained of difficulties watching the display however, with smoke obscuring the view

Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade to the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions with the festivities providing a prelude to the Euro 2020 football tournament. Some have complained of difficulties watching the display however, with smoke obscuring the view

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1

Smoke is said to have been an issue for some watching the display, with hundreds complaining of an obstructed view

Smoke is said to have been an issue for some watching the display, with hundreds complaining of an obstructed view

Smoke is said to have been an issue for some watching the display, with hundreds complaining of an obstructed view 

 

The city’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display was sold out, with around 100,000 revellers packed into the streets around Victoria Embankment.

Around 2,000 fireworks set off during the display were fired from the London Eye, with the remainder coming from barges moored in a central location along the River Thames.

The show celebrated London’s role in hosting this summer’s international football tournament, which will take place in countries across the continent rather than being hosted by a single nation – and will see the capital host more fixtures than any other city.

Seven of the competition’s matches are set to be played in the capital, with Wembley Stadium scheduled to host the final and semi-finals.

‘Footballs coming home’ blared out as the Baddiel, Skinner and Lightning Seeds’ favourite accompanied the spectacular show, followed by The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army and classical hit Nessun Dorma.

The 1990 World Cup theme was played as the city welcomed in 2020 with a dazzling riverside fireworks display, featuring more than 12,000 fireworks.

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel during New Year celebrations in central London

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel during New Year celebrations in central London

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel during New Year celebrations in central London

The London Eye was difficult to see at points amid all the smoke from the fireworks which was unable to clear due to a lack of wind

The London Eye was difficult to see at points amid all the smoke from the fireworks which was unable to clear due to a lack of wind

The London Eye was difficult to see at points amid all the smoke from the fireworks which was unable to clear due to a lack of wind

Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight. Many have complained about the amount of smoke caused by the display

Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight. Many have complained about the amount of smoke caused by the display

Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year’s celebrations in central London just after midnight. Many have complained about the amount of smoke caused by the display

 

Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. Mayor Sadiq Khan promised it would be the 'best fireworks the city has ever seen' to ring in the new decade

Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. Mayor Sadiq Khan promised it would be the 'best fireworks the city has ever seen' to ring in the new decade

Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. Mayor Sadiq Khan promised it would be the ‘best fireworks the city has ever seen’ to ring in the new decade

New Years eve fireworks fall across the London skyline in front of the London Eye during London's New Years eve celebrations in London

New Years eve fireworks fall across the London skyline in front of the London Eye during London's New Years eve celebrations in London

New Years eve fireworks fall across the London skyline in front of the London Eye during London’s New Years eve celebrations in London

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1

Fireworks light up the London Eye as thousands watch the city's fireworks display from the banks of the River Thames

Fireworks light up the London Eye as thousands watch the city's fireworks display from the banks of the River Thames

Fireworks light up the London Eye as thousands watch the city’s fireworks display from the banks of the River Thames

Revellers look on by the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1

Revellers look on by the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1

Revellers look on by the London Eye during New Year’s celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year

Fireworks explode over The Coca-Cola London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year

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