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Las Vegas neighborhood fireworks injure 1, big parties calm

January 1, 2020 GMT
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Moses Carpio, of Las Vegas, kisses his girlfriend Teresa Enriquez, of Juarez, on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
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Moses Carpio, of Las Vegas, kisses his girlfriend Teresa Enriquez, of Juarez, on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One person was hurt in a neighborhood fireworks accident on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, but high-profile celebrations on the Strip and Fremont Street went off without any major problems, authorities said Wednesday.

The accident in a neighborhood in east Las Vegas sent one person to the a hospital with serious injuries shortly before midnight, the Review-Journal reported. Las Vegas Fire Department officials released few other details.

Meanwhile, celebrations that drew hundreds of thousands of people to usher in 2020 on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street were largely safe.

Twenty-nine people were taken to hospitals, most because they’d had too much alcohol to drink, said Clark County communications chief Erik Pappa. The Nevada Highway Patrol also responded to a number of calls about drivers under the influence of alcohol.

One person was also taken from Fremont Street for chest pains and another person on the Strip reported respiratory problems.

With a temperature of about 40 degrees and calm winds, the revelers watched a choreographed eight-minute aerial pyrotechnic display on Las Vegas Boulevard at midnight.

The downtown Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall boasted an upgraded LED light and sound show.

Hotel occupancy rates were near 100% and headline acts at various venues included Lady Gaga, Journey, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 and Third Eye Blind.

Las Vegas Boulevard was closed for the celebrations, but had been reopened for traffic by about 5 a.m. as crews finished clearing away the tons of trash left behind.