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After 17 arrests, police says New Year’s Eve was orderly

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Steve Marcus

Fireworks fired from casino rooftops explode over the Las Vegas Strip just after midnight Jan. 1, 2014. An estimated 335,000 tourists were expected to visit Las Vegas for the New Year’s festivities. Photo taken from the Mix nightclub at Mandalay Bay.

Updated Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 | 8 p.m.

2013 New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Fireworks fired from casino rooftops explode over the Las Vegas Strip just after midnight Jan. 1, 2014. An estimated 335,000 tourists were expected to visit Las Vegas for the New Year's festivities. Photo taken from the Mix nightclub at Mandalay Bay. Launch slideshow »

New Year's Eve revelers in Las Vegas stayed out of trouble this year as they rang in 2014 with what Metro Police called the most orderly celebration in recent history.

Out of the thousands of people who gathered at the Strip and Fremont Street Experience for fireworks and celebration, only 17 people were arrested as of 2:30 a.m.

Metro arrested seven people on the Strip and six more at the Fremont Street Experience, all for misdemeanor offenses. An additional four people were arrested for driving under the influence, police said.

As of 11 a.m., 45 people had been arrested throughout the Las Vegas Valley and booked by Metro Police into the Clark County Detention Center. By comparison, the department arrested 153 people during the same time period last year, and 215 the year before.

Among those taken to the detention center was Alen Kareyan, 27, accused of shooting a man in the stomach after a pre-dawn scuffle at XS Cafe & Bar in the 3600 block of South Jones Boulevard.

Metro officers also booked 47 suspects into the Las Vegas City Jail this year, all for misdemeanor offenses.

North Las Vegas police reported 21 arrests between 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dispatchers there received more than 30 reports of fireworks and gunshots fired; bullets pierced through the roofs of two homes.

While revelers returned to their hotel rooms and homes to nurse hangovers, smoke from thousands of fireworks still hung in the air. Clark County Department of Air Quality officials reported unhealthy levels of smoke that can aggravate respiratory diseases for people sensitive to smoke and dust.

Read the Sun's live blog of New Years Eve events here.

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