Dozens of garbage trucks around Times Square this New Year’s Eve won’t be collecting leftover confetti.
Sixty-five strategically placed sanitation vehicles will instead augment the law enforcement presence in the Crossroads of the World this weekend, officials announced at a Thursday news conference.
The sand-filled 16-ton trucks will serve as bomb barriers to prevent access to the streets around the massive Midtown celebration and its anticipated 2 million revelers.
“Everybody knows that the eyes of the world are upon Times Square,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who will mark his first New Year’s Eve as the city’s top cop.
The Pasadena Police Department will lock down 56 streets near the Rose Parade this year with water barricades, police cruisers and armed officers in an attempt to prevent a truck attack similar to deadly incidents in Berlin, Germany and Nice, France.
Though no known threats exist, Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said the Rose Parade’s heightened and constantly evolving security is now the norm for the annual New Year’s celebration, which attracts hundreds of thousands from around the world.
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