PEOPLE were sent running for their lives after a New Year's Eve fireworks display caught on fire, spraying rockets into the crowd.
Two men were forced to jump off the barge to escape as the display burst into flames, just off Terrigal Beach, 90kms north of Sydney, New South Wales.
Children could be heard screaming as they ran for their lives, with emergency services rushing to evacuate the beach in Terrigal about 9pm.
The two pyrotechnicians who jumped from the barge were ultimately picked up by a passing boat, the Daily Telegraph reported.
New South Wales Police said: "Two men on the barge suffered minor injuries and were treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital."
Police, as well as local fire crews and the New South Wales Marine Rescue were part of the response.
In frightening video, children can be heard yelling "oh my God, oh my God" as the sky fills with smoke.
Thousands were evacuated in the hours before 2018.
Anooshe Mushtaq tweeted: "What an experience!!
"I was on the beach watching the fireworks and the boat goes on fire and started shootings fireworks randomly #terrigal #NYE.
"The 9pm fireworks in Terrigal took a turn for the worst when the barge full of fireworks exploded."
She added: "It was a horrible experience!! We were right on the beach when it happened and we ran to the other side."
Crowds have flocked together today to ring in the new year together.
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.
The last place or places to receive 2018 will be the tiny outlying islands of the US.
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