Heightened security amid Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting | Inquirer News

Heightened security amid Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting

/ 12:22 PM December 03, 2015
Rockefeller Center Tree

People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in New York. The Norway Spruce tree is lit with about 45,000 multi-colored LED lights. AP

NEW YORK — A 10-ton Christmas tree with 45,000 LED lights covering about five miles of wire has come alive in the rain to cap New York City’s annual ritual in Rockefeller Center.

The ceremony — nationally televised by NBC on Wednesday evening — included performances by Sting, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, James Taylor and other stars. Tens of thousands had a close-up view of the show.

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The celebration came with security restrictions including a prohibition on umbrellas.

Backpacks also were barred from the midtown festivities amid massive security.

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Streets surrounding Rockefeller Plaza were closed and spectators were kept behind police barricades.

However, New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton says no credible threat has been reported.

The holiday tradition started in 1931. This year’s tree came from upstate Gardiner, New York.

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