London has seen in 2004 with a firework display at the London Eye on the South Bank lasting just over three minutes.
Police estimate that around 100,000 people gathered in Central London to see the fireworks, and the Met's Assistant Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told BBC News 24 that he was satisfied with the way that the crowd control and security operation had proceeded.
Although Mayor Ken Livingstone insisted that the display was intended for international television news audiences rather than Londoners, he is likely to face criticism over the brevity of the display, which at less than three and a half minutes lasted a fraction of the length of displays in world cities such as Sydney, Moscow and Berlin.
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