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Apr 21, 2013 3:41 PM

Thunder Over Louisville Safely Wraps Up

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's annual fireworks spectacular went off without a hitch Saturday night, despite increased security.

Officials say Thunder Over Louisville attracted about 500,000 spectators to the show along the Ohio River's shores.

The long-running show by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale used 56,000 shells and 250 tons of launching tubes to decorate the sky over Louisville and southern Indiana.

Louisville Police said in a statement Sunday morning that there were a total of six arrests for minor offenses, most alcohol-related, and 104 towed vehicles for the day.

The higher security and nationwide tension after the Boston Marathon bombings didn't deter Jenny Thompson from heading to the riverfront for the fireworks.

"We can't be prisoners in our own homes, you can't live that way," Thompson told The Courier-Journal (

There were more than 1,000 police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs on patrol Saturday.

The fireworks show is set to a soundtrack, and this year's theme included many well-known TV shows.

Teri Thompson of Shelbyville was wowed by the show.

"We had friends who drove 10 hours from Pennsylvania, and they thought it was unbelievable."

Jim Hickey of Louisville said, "I've seen it 20 times and that was one of the best."

In southern Indiana, police reported only two arrests before the fireworks began.

On Sunday morning, an army of about 350 workers assembled on Louisville's waterfront to pick up trash left by spectators.

Mike Berry, president and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival, said the weight of the garbage would likely end up being in the tons.


Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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