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Crews make last-minute preps for New Year's Eve

Posted at 6:17 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 21:17:53-05

The countdown is on for New Year's Eve. More than 300,000 people are expected to watch fireworks shoot from 7 rooftops on the Las Vegas Strip.  

It took a full year of planning, designing and setting up for the biggest fireworks display in the nation.  New York City may have larger crowds, but Las Vegas has a bigger production, put on by Fireworks by Grucci.  

Phil Grucci, the president and creative director of Fireworks by Grucci, says he spends all year trying to make the display better than the last.  

"Every year is a challenge because the year before we get such rave reviews, but we go back to the drawing board and ask how we are going to make it bigger and better," says Grucci.  

This year's display will feature better technology, a new design, and an interactive smartphone app.  Viewers can download the app Fireworks by Grucci, which will feature a countdown and the show's soundtrack.  

80,000 fireworks will be launched from rooftops on the MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian, and The Stratosphere.  The show will last about 8 minutes, and it will be synchronized with music from Bruno Mars to Frank Sinatra.  

Safety is a big priority during the display.  Grucci says it's their responsibility to keep the viewers safe, as well as the hotels from which the fireworks are launched.  

Also, keeping with tradition, the countdown will end and the fireworks will begin right at midnight, with Auld Lang Syne for the New Year's kiss.