Fireworks after all in Brussels!

The Mayor of Brussels Yvan Mayeur has unveiled plans for a fireworks display on New Year's Eve. Earlier there were fears that the new format of the New Year's Eve celebrations in the Belgian and Flemish capital could sound the death knell for the fireworks that usually attract crowds of 100,000.
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Unlike in previous years the New Year's Eve celebrations will be focused on the De Brouckère Square and no longer on the Kunstberg/Mont des Arts. The celebrations will include a sound and light show, several competitions and a fireworks display.

Mr Mayeur pressed through his plans for a fireworks display at the new location despite concern from firefighters: "By organising the celebrations in the city centre it will be easier to involve Winter Fun on the Fish Market and the skating rink on the Muntplein.

Crowds are expected on the De Brouckère Square from 11pm onwards. People on the Anspachlaan should be able to enjoy the display even if they are standing at Beurs. Members of the public will be able to upload photos to a video wall that measures 60 sq. metres. The winning entries from the video competition will also be screened.

Just before midnight a countdown will commence to be followed by a fireworks display.

Brussels' ambition is to match celebrations on Times Square in New York and the Champs Elysées in Paris.