Wednesday, January 02, 2013
The Time Square New Year's Eve Ball came about as a result of a ban on fireworks.
The first ball, in 1907, was an illuminated 700-pound iron and wood ball adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs.
Today, the round ball designed by Waterford Crystal, weighs 11,875-pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is bedazzled with 2,668 Waterford crystals.
Due to wartime restrictions, the New Year's Eve ball was not lowered in 1942 and 1943.