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​Drone goes inside fireworks for 360-degree explosions

Thanks to a specially kitted-out drone you can now see one of the world's biggest fireworks displays from a new angle, getting in amongst the explosions without singeing your eyebrows.

New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney.
David Clare / First Light Photography

Watching fireworks on a TV screen very rarely matches up to the experience of seeing the exploding colours in person (though there is something to be said for avoiding the massive crowds).

But with the help of a camera-laden drone, you can now see one of the world's biggest fireworks displays up close and personal and watch as the sparks fly.

Drawing larger crowds than displays in London, Paris and New York, Sydney's recent New Year's Eve fireworks display featured 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects made using 7 tonnes of fireworks -- and brought a crowd of 1.6 million down to the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

For people across the world who weren't down on the Harbour last New Year's Eve enjoying the balmy weather (sorry again London and New York), organisers sent a specially-built drone up into the sky to capture the spectacle in real time.

With six HD cameras mounted on the drone, the footage takes you inside the explosions at multiple angles as the cameras capture the fireworks going off all around the drone.

Australian telecommunications provider, Telstra (which was one of the major sponsors of the New Year's Eve fireworks), also released a mobile app for Android and iOS to give revellers a chance to take control of the experience. By swiping across the screen, you can pan around the night sky and get a full 360-degree view inside the pyrotechnics.

It's the best view in the house -- and you won't be hit by projectile champagne corks.