Raw: Crystal panels installed on Times Square NYE ball

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Posted on December 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

(CNN) - Preparations are under way for the famous New Year's Eve ball drop at New York's Times Square.

Workers installed Waterford crystal triangles on the ceremonial ball at a media event Thursday.

The ball, with its 288 crystal panels, will drop down a 141-foot-tall flagpole to usher in the new year.

The crystal panels have doves chiseled into them for the theme "Let There Be Peace."

The widow of Dick Clark, who was the longtime host for the New Year's Eve festivities, helped install a panel with her late husband's name engraved on it.

More than a billion people across the world are expected to watch the ball drop on television.

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