SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle plans to celebrate the beginning of 2012 the usual way – with fireworks launched from the top of the Space Needle.

Crews this week were busy preparing the pyrotechnics. The show starts with a countdown at 11:59pm and includes about eight minutes of colorful explosives. According to the Seattle PI, the theme this year is “space travel” and as part of the 1,700 fireworks, the Space Needle will look like a firing rocket. The music will include themes from ET and Star Trek, according to the PI.

Typically thousands of people gather around Seattle Center to watch the New Year’s festivities.

According to the Seattle Center website, the Monorail will be closed today between 11:15pm & 12:20am because of the fireworks. The Space Needle observation deck will close to the general public at 5:30pm on December 31, and will re-open on January 1 at 11:00am.

— Copyright 2011 The Associated Press with contributions from tamacbsseattle


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