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Police: No credible threats ahead of NYE events in Seattle

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SEATTLE -- Amid increased terror threats worldwide, Seattle police are gearing up for New Year’s Eve celebrations across the city.

Around 20,000 people are expected to gather at Seattle Center Thursday night for the annual fireworks display on top of the Space Needle. While there will be a large police presence, Det. Mark Jamieson said there are no known security threats and the department will handle the event as it does any other major gathering.

Elsewhere in the United States, federal and local law enforcement agencies are tightening security in high-profile locations, including New York's Times Square and the Rose Bowl festivities near Los Angeles.

Federal officials said a threat, originating from overseas, warned of possible attacks in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, senior U.S. officials briefed on the threat told CNN.

The officials said the threat was uncorroborated and was based on a single source, and it didn't mention specific locations in the cities. But they said they are always concerned about "soft targets" such as large gatherings and mass transit systems.