Friday morning’s deluge may have kept some folks from
attending the annual fireworks extravaganza at Indiana Dunes State Park, but
it probably shouldn’t have.
The boom fest was “wonderful,” said Heather Ennis, executive
director of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce.
“The beach filled up, the buses ran smoothly, and I think
everybody had a wonderful time,” Ennis told the Chesterton Tribune
today. “The weather ended up cooperating wonderfully.”
Traffic wasn’t so bad either, Ennis added. “Traffic getting
out of the State Park was significantly better than last year. I think part
of that was fewer people this year. But I think we also did a better job of
organizing and the police did a better job of getting motorists through the
Ennis was unable to give a hard number of attendees. “Maybe
7,000,” she said, “but that’s just a guess. Last year we estimated 10,000.”
To Ennis’ knowledge no untoward incidents or arrests were
reported. “One girl did cut her foot and needed to get stitches.”
“Three years in a row we’ve been very fortunate to have
patrons who cooperated and behaved very nicely,” Ennis said.
The show—put on by Melrose Pyrotechnics of Kingsbury, Ind.,
which also does the fireworks at Navy Pier in Chicago—lasted around 25