Thousands ring in New Year's Eve at annual Peach Drop



ATLANTA - Tens of thousands of people flooded downtown Atlanta Tuesday night for the annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta, which is celebrating its 25th year.

Workers spent the day setting up the sound stage, getting ready for the big New Year's Eve celebration.

This year there was a new addition to the Peach Drop: a massive yellow M&M positioned right next to the peach.

"I mean, walking all the way over here, 10 blocks, that is all you can see, is the M&M," said visitor Chris Furr.

Police were out in full force Tuesday evening checking for prohibited items, including large bags and weapons, making sure it is a safe evening for all to enjoy.

With every uniformed officer, there will be just as many undercover officers on the streets helping to keep the peace.

"It won't be such a presence that it will take away from the fun, but don't hesitate to reach out to anyone you see off or on duty," said Sgt. Greg Lyon with the Atlanta Police Department.

Channel 2's Erica Byfield got a look at the APD's video integration center Tuesday, where officers can tap into more than 2,300 cameras across the city of Atlanta.

Tens of thousands of people will be at the Georgia Dome for most of the night Tuesday for the Chik-Fil-A Bowl.

"Our mission is to provide a safe environment for everyone coming into the city tonight," Lyon said.

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