Harbor sparkles under fireworks


The Inner Harbor reverberated with ka-booms during a July 4th fireworks show last night that drew thousands of spectators.

Some spectators sat on the grassy slope of Federal Hill park and others densely crowded the walkways around Harborplace for the 30-minute show.

The explosions of red, white, blue and gold were shot into the air from a barge anchored just to the east of the Inner Harbor.

Police estimated the crowd at around 200,000. It took more than an hour for spectators to leave Harborplace after the fireworks ended. As late as 1 a.m. today, cars that had brought people to the 9:30 p.m. show were still making their way along Pratt and Light streets.

Downtown parking lots were filled an hour before the show began.

No serious incidents were reported, police said.

"I just love July Fourth and the diversity of America," said Fran Klappenberger, a resident of the first block of S. Broadway, who watched the fireworks from her third-floor deck. "America isn't always right but we try," she said.

Some people used telescopes to bring the show closer. Others set up folding chairs on Broadway, Eastern and Central avenues.

Small pleasure craft filled the harbor's approaches. Dozens more spectators filled the decks of the John Brown, a World War II Liberty ship docked on Clinton Street in Canton.

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