IMPD beefs up patrols for Fourth of July, downtown fireworks display

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Thousands will gather in downtown Indianapolis Monday night to watch the largest fireworks show in the state.

The fireworks will be set off at the Downtown Freedom Blast beginning at 10 p.m.

A few die-hard fireworks fans set up shop hours earlier waiting for the show.

Blowing bubbles and dealing cards, a dozen members of the Heavrin family are camped out for the day at University Park in what is a yearly tradition for the family that dates back to the early 90s.

“It’s just something growing up my parents made a big deal out of fireworks, so we just kept it going,” said Jackie Heavrin.

Around the rest of the war memorial, a stage and tents were set up in anticipation of the large crowds that show up later in the day.

Still, the Heavrin family will have one of the best spots possible to view the fireworks set off from the top of the Regions Bank Tower.

“If you wait too late and try to avoid encroaching on others, it can be a problem, so we try to avoid all that,” said Jackie.

“We just try to get the best spot,” said Austin Lamphiear.

Austin is also enjoying the day with his dad.  He says kicking the ball around before the crowds show up downtown is a great way to relax.

“When you come down here so early, it’s peaceful,” said Lamphiear.

Around the War Memorial grounds, officers with the IMPD, state police and sheriff’s office were in place all day.

The police chief says officers will be out in full force to keep the peace, not just downtown but around the entire city.

“We have canceled off days for officers.  They’re going to visible.  Visibility will reduce fear something will occur,” said IMPD chief Troy Riggs.

Police say if anyone downtown sees anything suspicious to say something and hopefully everyone gets to enjoy the light show without any problems.


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