The U.S. Strategic Command apologized Monday for a joke in "bad taste," after tweeting it was ready to drop something "much bigger" than the traditional Times Square crystal ball at New Year.
In a message posted -- and later deleted -- on Twitter, the military command that controls the U.S. nuclear arsenal released a video in which B-2 Spirits drop bombs, with the message: "If ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger."
Amid the jaw-dropping and eye-raising on social media that followed, STRATCOM, whose slogan is "peace is our profession," then tweeted an apology.
"Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values. We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies," it said.
A STRATCOM spokesman told NBC News the images on the video showed non-nuclear bombs being dropped.
About a million people were expected Monday night in New York's Times Square, where revelers since 1907 have rung in the New Year watching a giant crystal ball descend while the final seconds of the old year are counted down.