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High winds threaten, don’t stop Las Vegas New Year fireworks

January 1, 2022 GMT
Revelers watch Tone Loc on the Third Street Stage on New Year's Eve at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
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Revelers watch Tone Loc on the Third Street Stage on New Year's Eve at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
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Revelers watch Tone Loc on the Third Street Stage on New Year's Eve at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of revelers who turned out in Las Vegas for New Year’s celebrations were rewarded with a huge fireworks show that was nearly delayed because of gusty winds.

Officials had been expecting huge crowds to turn up for the city’s New Year’s Eve event, including a fireworks show on the Strip that was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

But strong winds, which the National Weather Service forecast could gust up to 45 mph, put a damper on celebrations and threatened to delay or even cancel the show. The eight-minute, choreographed pyrotechnic display was to be shot from atop eight resort properties and accompanied by a soundtrack airing on two FM radio stations.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that sustained winds of 10 mph would prompt the delay of the show, which would have been canceled if winds hadn’t died down by 1 a.m. The fireworks went off as scheduled at midnight.

This year’s event was being held despite surging coronavirus cases.

In the Las Vegas area, officials said Friday that 3,363 new cases had been reported a day earlier. The spike broke the Southern Nevada Health District’s previous record for the most cases reported in a single day.

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This story has been corrected to show that the fireworks went off as scheduled.