Adding it up: A look at Las Vegas’ NYE fireworks show by the numbers

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New Year’s Eve fireworks above the Strip as seen from atop the Rio on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

NYE Fireworks Set-up

Felix Grucci Jr., who recently handed over ownership of Fireworks by Grucci to a nephew, poses for a picture on the Treasure Island rooftop where the technician crew finishes preparations for the New Year's Eve 2012 fireworks show, Monday, Dec. 31. Launch slideshow »

In a city known for being over the top, it is still one of Las Vegas’ most explosive, colorful displays — the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show, one of the biggest in the nation.

Designed by pyrotechnic extraordinaire Felix Grucci Jr., owner of Fireworks By Grucci, and dubbed “America’s Party,” the show will include fireworks at seven casinos along the Strip.

The show begins at 11:59:50 p.m. with a 10-second countdown of fireworks shot from 10 floors of the Stratosphere, followed by the massive display and music from Frank Sinatra, Pitbull and Poison.

“There’s no better place to spend New Year’s Eve than Las Vegas,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said in a statement.

Here’s a look at the show by the numbers:

7: The number properties with platforms to launch fireworks (MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and Stratosphere)

8: The number of minutes the show lasts. (8 minutes, 23 seconds to be exact.)

12: The number of months it takes to plan the show.

10,000: The number of circuits needed to send pulses of electricity to activate the pyrotechnics.

80,000: The number of pyrotechnic devices in the show.

300,000: The number of visitors expected to ring in the New Year on the Las Vegas Strip.

500,000: The number of dollars spent on the show.