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Lofty new year celebration

Children reach for balloons, above, as they drop from the second floor at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland on Tuesday. Riley Weber, 5, of Oakland, at left, grabs a balloon during the first of three balloon drops at Chabot to celebrate and coincide with the arrival of 2014 in different time zones around the world.


Children reach for balloons as they’re dropped from the second floor at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 31,
Children reach for balloons as they're dropped from the second floor at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. A total of 1500 balloons were dropped at three different times during the day to celebrate and coincide with the arrival of New Year's in different time zones around the world. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)


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Riley Weber, 5, of Oakland, center, grabs a balloon at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. To the left is
Riley Weber, 5, of Oakland, center, grabs a balloon at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. To the left is Isla Simon, 4, of Oakland. A total of 1500 balloons were dropped at three different times during the day to celebrate and coincide with the arrival of New Year's in different time zones around the world. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Children grab balloons after they were dropped from the second floor at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Children grab balloons after they were dropped from the second floor at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. A total of 1500 balloons were dropped at three different times during the day to celebrate and coincide with the arrival of New Year's in different time zones around the world. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)