Thousands evacuated from Terrigal beach as fireworks display explodes

Crowds have been evacuated from Terrigal Beach in Australia after a barge carrying fireworks caught alight

Two men have been injured and thousands have been forced to evacuate after a barge caught fire during a New Year's Eve fireworks display at Terrigal Beach, on the New South Wales central coast.

A few minutes into the show at Terrigal Beach in New South Wales, an apparent malfunction caused fireworks to go off at random, some towards the beach.

The 9pm fireworks in Terrigal took a turn for the worst when the barge full of fireworks exploded.

Loud explosions came from the barge as fireworks started going off simultaneously.

Anooshe Mushtaq tweeted: "What an experience!"

"It became apparent this wasn't a directed event, as there [were] random fireworks going off, at this time it was deemed unsafe and we evacuated the area".

Shocking video taken by an onlooker caught the moment a large bang erupted from the boat, drawing scared screams from the crowd and forcing people to evacuate. "It was an absolute chaos".

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The two technicians who were on board of the barge dived into the water and were rescued by passing boats.

"There were people everywhere on the beach and about five minutes into the fireworks presentation the fireworks all went off which didn't look normal", Ms Bonner told 9NEWS.

Sydney's impressive firework display saw more than a million people gather around Sydney Harbour Bridge, while the sky was also lit up in New Zealand.

"So everyone started bolting off the beach on to the road".

Witnesses said the "boat blew up" and was "alight which is setting off the unexploded fireworks".

Emergency services were at the scene.

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