December 31, 2018 12:17 am
Updated: December 31, 2018 10:09 am

Iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve ball tested to ensure perfect timing

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The organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square have tested out the iconic crystal ball ahead of Monday night’s celebrations.

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The nearly 6-ton (6-metric ton) ball was raised Sunday to the top of a 130-foot (40-metre) pole at One Times Square.

The dry run is designed to make sure everything goes according to plan for the annual ball drop.

Jeff Strauss, president of Countdown Entertainment, says that hasn’t always been the case. He recalls a slight snafu in 1995 in which the ball was three seconds late.

He says a rehearsal is needed to ensure a timely ball drop.

The ball will light up at 6 p.m. Monday and begin to drop at 11:59 p.m. during the final seconds of 2018.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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