Teen Creates Replica of New Year's Eve Ball in Times Square for His Own Party

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An Ohio teen is remaking a New Year's Eve staple for his annual party tonight -- a replica of the ball dropped in Times Square at midnight.

"I throw this party every year and I wanted to bring something unique to it," Gallagher says. He used 75 laser cut plexiglass triangles and 86 LED lights to create the ball, and had to do a little convincing before his parents allowed him to drop the replica from their roof.
"They always raise their eyebrows a little bit the crazier and crazier it gets, but they enjoy seeing what I can do," Gallagher said about the creation that he started in his dorm room at Carnegie Mellon University.

To drop the ball, which is one-sixth the size of the real deal, Gallagher is using a pulley system and aircraft cable. It took more than 40 hours of work, but the teen says it will be worth it when the ball drops tonight.

"It's a hobby," he explains. "Some people collect coins, some people collect stamps or play video games or whatever. New Year's Eve has just kind of become my hobby."

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