New York City Braces for New Year's Eve


Backpacks and large bags are prohibited.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Property may not be abandoned at checkpoints.

Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to return to their original viewing areas.

To enforce these rules and monitor for suspicious activity, there will be thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers assigned to security tonight, including officers armed with radiation detectors and others handling bomb sniffing dogs. Snipers and heavy weapons teams will also be on hand.

Commissioner Kelly was asked if this was the most secure Times Square had ever been.

"Well, I certainly hope so," he laughed.

Security Ready for New York New Year's Eve

Outside of Times Square, special roving units will have citywide duty, ready to move to any other location deemed in need of a critical response. And inside of the frozen zone there will also be "flying squads" of detectives and specialists ready to swoop in on any suspected terrorist, nutcase or common criminal.

In years past, there have been false alarms, including a threat passed on by Canadian authorities to the FBI that poison gas was hidden inside the pyrotechnics that would help ring in the New Year when they burst from the roof of Number One Times Square.

Never mind that fireworks 395 feet above street level would make a lousy mechanism for dispersing gas; a team of New York City cops climbed up, took samples, determined there was no threat and the revelries went on.

As the city slept in on Jan. 1, 2010, more than 150 members of the Dept. of Sanitation swept up an estimated 46.96 tons of confetti and debris in just a few hours. Officials estimated that cleanup cost was $54,000 in 2009.

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