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Reno Prepares For New Year's Celebration

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New Year's Eve and the Santa Crawl are the busiest events for downtown Reno, with 7,000 people expected to head downtown Monday.

So, there's a lot of work being done to make sure this is a fun and safe night.

As is tradition, you can count on plenty of people gathering to check out the fireworks, when the clocks strikes midnight.

Cory Wilcox is the Head Pyro with Lantis Fireworks and says to not expect the same as what we had, last year.

"It's always better," Wilcox said. "There's always new effects being made. So, there's always something special. Every year, as soon as it's done, we sit down and hit the grindstone, what we can do different, what we can do to make it better, and try to top the last one we did."

Crews have been working 10 to 12 hour days since Friday, setting up 13,000 fireworks, weighing a total of 5,000 pounds.

The midnight show will last for 17 minutes.

"It's a family affair for me," Wilcox said. "I've got my wife and my boys down here. So, we're all having fun together. I surround myself with my best friends and we have a great time down here."

The fireworks can withstand any weather, except the wind.

Wilcox says Monday's frigid temperatures actually helps the display.

"It's going to be awesome," Wilcox said. "You get a lot of extra sound effects out of the breaking in the air. You hear a lot more, you see a lot more, the colors are a little brighter and a little clearer because of the dense air."

The fireworks are being paid for by the Silver Legacy, Harrah's and Cal Neva.

But, the City of Reno is spending about $25,000 on the city's biggest civic event of the year.

"We have seven sergeants and 47 officers that will be staffed downtown for this event to help with pedestrians and help with any sort of traffic issues, and help with overall public safety," City of Reno Special Events Program Manager Alexis Hill said.

While the holiday can be a draw for visitors, the city's investment is geared more towards the locals, helping them have a happy new year.

"The key is getting people back downtown to see how fun downtown Reno is, and they continue to come back and enjoy all that we have to offer down here," Hill said.

Monday's event will also be a tribute to some celebrities that passed away this year, including a recorded countdown by Dick Clark and music by Whitney Houston.

The streets will close for the celebration at 10:00 p.m.

Written by Paul Nelson
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