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Around 70,000 shells and effects were launched from barges along the river and more than 100 positions on the Brooklyn Bridge – which was a particularly big hit with the crowd.

This year’s theme, American cinema, synchronized fireworks with a musical medley of scores from the most beloved movie classics.

“Fireworks are emotional. Music is emotional. We wanted big sound to complement the fireworks… I want everyone to feel a sense of pride and be happy to celebrate here with us,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of the Macy’s Fireworks Show said.

Thousands of uniformed and plain-clothes police officers were also patrolling the public viewing areas.

New this year, two NYPD drones kept an eye over crowds as nearby officers monitor the feeds in real time on their cell phones.

Source: CBS New York 

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