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Lots of ooohs and ahhhs for annual State Park fireworks

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By KEVIN NEVERS

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 congested areas.”

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 minutes.

 

Posted 7/5/2011

 

 

 

 

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