Police beef up security for Guntersville fireworks show

Updated: Jul. 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM CDT
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GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A large police presence was seen as record numbers of people arrived for the Fourth of July fireworks show in Guntersville on Monday.

For the first time all officers, both working and off-duty, were called into action to help make sure the public stayed safe.

Large numbers of people were already setting up and enjoying the lake in advance of Monday night's fireworks show.

Police said the crowds just get larger and larger along the lakeside on Sunset and Lurleen Wallace Drives.

Unlike ever before, there were four small command posts set up along the way in addition to officers on bicycles, ATV's, and patrol vehicles.

Medics will be around to help for emergencies and tow trucks will be around to deal with traffic problems.

But police said the key after the fireworks is over is patience.

"There's so many people here at one time. They started coming in first thing this morning and finding places to park so it's probably going to take 45 minutes to an hour for everybody to get out," said Guntersville Police Captain Henry Tanner. "They'll just have to be patient. Officers will be at the intersections. Be patient with the officers. Try to get, we're going to try to get them through as quickly as possible."

The fireworks are set to start around 9 p.m.

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