Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A giant crowd packs the Inner Harbor to celebrate the Fourth of July. And while the crowd was watching the fireworks, police were watching for trouble.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the festivities.
The police commissioner estimates more than 100,000 people were down at the Inner Harbor for the fireworks, and they were greeted by a whole lot of police officers.
Thousands gather at the Inner Harbor for the red, white and boom!
The party started early with live music, getting the crowd revved up.
“The music, people, just being around the waterfront enjoying ourselves,” a woman said.
As the crowd kept their eyes on the band, lots of eyes are on the crowd. By air, on the water, on bikes and on foot–a serious show of force by police.
“We’re not going to tolerate any nonsense out here. This will be an enjoyable event,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts, Baltimore City Police.
The commissioner himself–patrolling the harbor. State and transit police, as well as the sheriff’s office also on scene, making the crowds feel safe.
“We just passed like 10 police officers back there, so yeah, I have no concerns about safety,” a girl said.
“Things can happen anywhere. It’s just a bigger crowd, you just got to be safe nowadays. No matter where you are,” a woman said.
K-9 units and undercover officers roam the crowds. Officers are also monitoring a network of surveillance cameras.
Police are using metal fencing around the harbor to help control the crowds.
“We have the Inner Harbor here sectioned off. So we have zones that we have. And we’re covering not only this area, but Canton and Fells Point,” Batts said.
So the only fireworks seen here are in the sky.
A police spokesperson tells WJZ there were no significant incidents at the Inner Harbor or across the city.
And the Inner Harbor wasn’t the only place to be for the Fourth of July.
Hundreds of people lined the streets in Towson to get a look at the classic cars in the annual parade.