A local fire fighting department in southeastern Australia on Monday exempted Sydney’s symbolic New Year’s Eve fireworks show from a total fire ban in the region amid heightened bushfire risks.

In a statement on Twitter, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said the Sydney Harbor fireworks “have been approved to proceed” on Tuesday.

The fire department also noted that it was assessing a number of other exemptions from its previous total fire ban that would apply to 11 areas in the New South Wales state.

The decision drew criticism across the nation as some politicians including Deputy state

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