As one of the most watched events on television, all hands were on deck to get New York’s Times Square ready to welcome in 2010.
Over one million people are expected, that is if they have not been put off by a bomb scare yesterday that brought Times Square to a standstill.
The area between 39th and 43rd street was immediately closed down after a suspicious vehicle was reported and the New York bomb squad determined the nature of the threat.
The white 1992 Dodge van with tinted windows and no license plates had a false security sign on the dashboard saying Detective’s crime scene. However, no explosives were found.
One New Yorker said: “I think that everybody should really enjoy it, have fun, and just put all that stuff behind them, because I think it’s going to be really safe. I’m confident in the police force. We’re well protected I think so.”
Protection may well be on the crowd’s minds as they write their wishes on hundreds of thousands of confetti which will rain down on Times Square on New Years Eve.