Fireworks and confetti mark the New Year at Times Square

Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers witnessed the descent of the kaleidoscopic New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square at midnight on Sunday, 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-ton 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.