Huntsville’s New Year’s Celebration Includes Ball Drop, Fireworks

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Monday night Huntsville residents ushered in 2013 with fireworks and a ball drop in  Big Spring Park.

The fun started at 11:45 p.m., even though the ball had already dropped--painfully--a few days ago.

On Monday morning, less than a half-day before Huntsville's New Year's ball is to drop, its creator was out at the location, rebuilding it from the ground up--one piece at a time.

Bill Selvidge says that's because of an accident when he was transporting it to Big Spring Park from his home.

"When we were loading it on the trailer, I dropped it and damaged some of the parts on it," he said.

He put himself on a deadline of about 2 p.m. to get it fixed and re-assembled bigger, better and lighter than ever before.

"We decided we wanted this ball to be extremely light, so this ball is made out of carbon fiber tubing," Selvidge said.

He said it will be six-and-a-half-feet in diameter, hanging from a 50-foot pole.  And it will be much bigger than the first one he made a few years ago.

It will have 2,000 thousand LED lights on it which will use less energy than a 100 watt light bulb.

The sponsoring company says it's a way to give back to the city they love.

"We do this sort of as a gift to the city of Huntsville," said Charles Johnson, co-owner of Terrame Day Spa and Salon.

He said it's a family celebration. This is the third year they have hosted the event.

The ball was hung from the flag pole at the eternal flame, which is right at the entrance to the Tinsel Trail.

Johnson said the ice-skating rink was open until 1 a.m., serving hot chocolate, coffee and cokes.

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