01 Jan '17, 6am

#NewYork's Times Square erupts with cheer as a new year dawns

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers witnessed the descent of the kaleidoscopic New Year's Eve ball in Times Square at midnight on Sunday (Jan 1), celebrating a century-old New York tradition under an unprecedented umbrella of security. As many as 2 million people, surrounded by a ring of 40-tonne sand trucks and some 7,000 police, gathered in the "Crossroads of the World" to watch the glittering sphere complete its minute-long drop, marking the beginning of 2017. With the throng counting down the seconds, the crystal-paned ball slid with smooth precision down its pole, mounted on a tower at the head of the plaza. At the stroke of midnight, it touched home, illuminating a giant "2017" sign and sending a shower of fireworks into the sky. The sights and sounds were experienced by a veritable sea of humanity, sectioned off in block after block of temporar...

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