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Middletown fireworks snarl traffic

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WFSB) -

After a postponement from Friday evening, the City of Middletown held its annual fireworks show at Harbor Park on Saturday evening, but the hundreds that gathered there, all needed to leave – causing large traffic delays out of the city.

When asked if she was worried about the crowds, sightseer Allison Bower replied, "I am, because there are so many people who are going to want to get out at the same time,” Bower said.

"It's a lose-lose we will probably just wait in traffic for an hour."

Following the entertainment, fried dough and assorted foods, and finally the fireworks, crowds from all over the state flocked out to head home. As Channel 3 Eyewitness Reporter, Cheri Hardmon learned on the scene, police made extra preparations for traffic concerns, as well as safety.

“Hartford and East Hartford got rid of their fireworks so we were thinking we were going to get a flux of people from that community," said Middletown Officer Knapp.

According to Officer Knapp, more than 10,000 people were expected to watch the fireworks on the City Hall green, so the Department scheduled 30 extra officers.

Meanwhile, sightseer Mame Boateng, said her escape plan following the fireworks was the best bet.

"l live down the street,” Boateng said, "while everyone is stuck in traffic, I'll just along my merry way." 

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