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NEW YORK - Streets around Times Square have been shut down as officials prepare for big crowds.
Security is expected to be tight for the ball drop with an NYPD drone keeping watch overhead the expected 1 million people in Manhattan for the event.
"That's going to give us a visual aid and a flexibility of being able to move a camera to a certain spot with great rapidity throughout a tremendous crowd,” says NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller.
More than 7,000 officers will be on duty, with bomb-sniffing dogs and sand-filled sanitation trucks blocking streets.
Police say there are no specific, credible threats to the Times Square celebration.
Despite the forecast for rain, umbrella and backpacks will not be allowed.
This year, the nearly 12,000 pound sphere made up of more than 2,600 crystal triangles and lit up by...