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Las Vegas Rings in 2014

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LAS VEGAS -- More than 300,000 people packed the Las Vegas Strip to celebrate New Year's Eve, one of the biggest events in Las Vegas.

For most of the businesses on the famous Las Vegas Strip, this is the biggest night of the year and it has a deadline. The Strip closed to vehicle traffic at around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

All moving walkways, elevators and escalators leading to or crossing over Las Vegas Boulevard resumed operation shortly after the fireworks ended.

Barricades will be removed at around 1:30 a.m. The street sweepers will start at around 2 a.m., moving south to north.

All ramps from I-15 to the resort corridor will start reopening at around 3:30 a.m.

Las Vegas is securing its place on the list of the top places to ring in the new year with celebrity-studded bashes, exclusive concerts and a fireworks display billed as the country's largest.

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Big-ticket musical acts including Bruno Mars, John Legend and Maroon 5 helped lure visitors to Las Vegas.

Tourists could already be seen toting novelty drinks into casinos around noon Tuesday.

An eight-minute fireworks display from the rooftops of seven hotel-casinos marked the start of the new year.

Hotels are dealing a full house this weekend, with occupancy approaching 100 percent. New Year's Eve is typically casinos' most profitable night of the year, and executives have been working to turn it into a long weekend. Hotels offered New Year's Eve Eve specials for Monday.

Law enforcement officers kept a close eye on the festivities and reported no major problems. According to Metro Police, as of 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, only seven people were arrested within the Strip corridor. No one was arrested in the downtown area.

Two people were arrested for DUI in Metro's jurisdiction.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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