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Department of Homeland Security gives special designation for New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

Posted: 6:00 PM, Dec 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-21 21:00:48-05

Security concerns aren't stopping plans for one of America's biggest New Year's Eve parties.

About 400,000 people are expected to pack the Las Vegas Strip this year, and fireworks will be launched from seven casino and hotel rooftops.

Scott Cooper, the Director of Business Development at Fireworks by Grucci, says that this year's show promises to be different from year's past.

"Each year the challenge we have [is] to bettter ourselves and keep people coming back to this amazing entertainment capital of the world," said Cooper.

Event organizers say they'll be addressing security as New Year's Eve draws closer. 

This is also the first year the Department of Homeland Security has designated New Year's Eve in Las Vegas as a Special Event Assessment Rating 1. That's typically reserved for major events like the Super Bowl.