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New Rochelle officials prepared to step up security at "Spark the Sound" fireworks show

New Rochelle officials prepared to step up security at annual fireworks show
New Rochelle officials prepared to step up security at annual fireworks show 02:47

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The Fourth of July shooting in Illinois comes as thousands of people are expected at celebrations all across the Tri-State Area.

Public safety officials are watching developments closely as they roll out security measures, CBS2's Lisa Rozner reported Monday. 

Pyrotechnics were being set up along New Rochelle's waterfront for the annual "Spark the Sound" extravaganza. The city's harbor unit closed off the perimeter and Police Captain Raul Rodriguez said they will be following a security plan created months ago. 

"There's a lot of manpower and we're also going to have extra manpower in the streets," Rodriguez said. "Just rest assured that we're going to have a safe show tonight. We're all prepared and yes, of course there's a heightened awareness of what happened in Illinois. However, our prayers are out there for those people in the tragic incident, but we're going to do the best, as usual."

The New Rochelle parks commissioner expected record crowds at the prime viewing locations, including Hudson Park, Joe Curtis Five Islands Park and waterfront restaurants. 

"It's actually the first time in three years, since July of 2019, to where we're having our traditional and annual fireworks here on the waterfront," New Rochelle Parks Commissioner Vin Parise said. 

Some residents said they will not attend the fireworks because of the crowds and concerns after the Illinois shooting. 

"It's going to be too many people and it's going to be all crowded. So I can see from the street, from the window," one man said. 

"Very dangerous now, this country," said Bernice Niso, a New Rochelle resident. 

For people planning to come out to see the fireworks, county police will also be on hand to help with public safety efforts. 

Roads will be closed off in the hours before the show. 

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