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    Preparations are underway for New Year's Eve celebrations around San Francisco. Stephanie Chuang reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015)

    Preparations are underway for New Year's Eve celebrations around San Francisco.

    San Francisco police are expecting more than 100,000 people in the city Thursday night to ring in 2016. Restaurants in the city are expecting big business from the crush of people celebrating and checking out the annual fireworks show.

    "We're all lucky to be in San Francisco, especially in our location in this city and this environment," said Rich Troiani, general manager of the Waterbar restaurant on the Embarcadero.

    Epic Steak, which also sits on the Embarcadero, will have nearly 300 seated guests dining Thursday evening.

    "We'll have a big countdown," said Brian Walsh, Epic Steak general manager. "Party favors, balloons and then the fireworks set us off at midnight."

    The fireworks show brings out hundreds of thousands of visitors and can be seen along the Embarcadero. Crews spent Wednesday preparing the fireworks for the big night ahead.

    San Francisco Police Officer Albie Esparza said the department is beefing up security around the city.

    Police said there is not any imminent terror threats to Thursday night's event, but caution folks to always be aware of their surroundings.

    "Our message is if you see something, say something," Esparza said.

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