Bridge Street Town Center has new plans for fireworks

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Last year's fireworks display in Huntsville sparked more than a good time.

On-lookers lost their tempers after being stuck in traffic for hours. Bridge Street Town Centre is doing things differently this year.

Soon after last year's fireworks show, Bridge Street officials didn't want the same traffic trouble.

So they put together a new plan.

This is what it looked like at Bridge Street Town Centre last Fourth of July.

A fireworks display that included some red hot tempers.

"A lot of people out there complaining, people blowing their horns and stuff. I thought I was going to get in a fight myself," said Wayne Coulter.

Thousands showed up to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks.

But as the show ended, a massive traffic jam kept people grounded for hours.

"I was definitely surprised coming down 565 when I saw how far the ramp was backed up."

A crowd of some 25,000 packed Bridge Street Town Centre.

Traffic near Bridge Street was shut down.

Security head man Chad Desjarlais says they weren't expecting such a massive crowd.

"We didn't really focus on how many people were going to be here but knowing that the crowds we can plan for traffic control," said Desjarlais.

This year, Bridge Street executives say things should run smoother.

More man power has been added, traffic routes adjusted and the fireworks launch site has been changed.

"This year we are launching from the new Sports Authority lot. It will be blocked off so that way we don't lose parking this year," said Bridge Street Marketing Manager Amy Welch.

Another huge crowd is expected to gather for the fourth festivities.

The best advice, come early to park. There will be events throughout the day at Bridge Street with fireworks starting at 8:45.

Huntsville Police tell us they will have officers on hand throughout the even to monitor and work traffic.

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