wjz-13 all-news-99-1-wnew 1057-the-fan 1300logo2_67x35


Baltimore Celebrates Fourth Of July With Fireworks At Inner Harbor

View Comments
Fourth of July Fireworks
Monique Griego 370x278 Monique Griego
Monique Griego joined the WJZ News Team in July 2011 as a General...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

Celebrities With Crazy HairstylesCelebrities With Crazy Hairstyles

Stars Who Had Children Via SurrogatesStars Who Had Children Via Surrogates

The Biggest Nerds In Pop CultureThe Biggest Nerds In Pop Culture

10 Celebrity Cougars10 Celebrity Cougars

Sober Celebrity QuotesSober Celebrity Quotes

» More Photo Galleries

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Celebrating the Fourth under a watchful eye. Baltimore City police beefed up patrols to keep it a safe holiday.

Monique Griego has more on how the night went.

Hundreds of thousands of eyes fixated on the sky over the Inner Harbor as fireworks lit up the night on this Independence Day. The massive crowds only added to the excitement and patriotic energy of the show.

“I love to see fireworks,” said one attendee.

But mixed in with the clusters of people were hundreds of Baltimore City police officers. Their job is to keep this celebration violence free.

Last year’s celebration saw several fights. A man was stabbed to death and a 4-year-old was hit by a stray bullet.

The department is using several different tactics to keep things safe, starting with new crowd control barriers. Police are also using a new way to deploy officers and, unlike previous years, all are in uniform to make sure their presence is known.

“We not only have the ground forces, which are numerous in number, but we have aerial support,” said Lt. Col. Ross Buzzuro.

Visitors we spoke to noticed and appreciated the increased support.

“We counted when we came in,” said one.

For many people here, the Fourth of July at the Inner Harbor is a family tradition and although a few violent incidents tainted previous celebrations, this year’s atmosphere seemed to remind people of the good times.

Around 200,000 people were expected to have attended Wednesday’s fireworks show.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus