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Guntersville police advise detours after fireworks

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GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Guntersville is preparing for its annual Fourth of July fireworks show and the massive crowds that come to see it. Barring a torrential downpour or severe weather, city officials say the show will go on.

The annual fireworks show brings many people to watch the event. The display is fired from a small barge in the middle of Lake Guntersville.

Post-show traffic is the biggest concern, and officials urge people to use Lurleen Wallace Drive or Highway 69 to feed into Highway 431 to exit town after the show is over.

Police say many of the side streets will not be accessible to 431 once traffic begins flowing out of town. Caution lights and lighted signs will direct people out of town. The city's police chief said the new system they have enacted helps get people out of town the quickest.

"We ask people to just pay attention to any message boards that we have out, barrels, or cones in the roadway, and certainly police officers doing manual traffic control," said Chief Jim Peterson. "All of those things are here for the purpose of having an efficient and safe exit from the city after the fireworks are over with."

Chief Peterson warns that any decision to cancel the event will come at the last minute. If the show is canceled, it will be rescheduled at a later date.

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