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Sherman Minton could affect plans for Thunder over Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the biggest fireworks show in the country, but could the closure of the Sherman Minton bridge take some of the Thunder "out" of Louisville? Organizers say as soon as the bridge closed last month, preparation went into making several different plans.

"With it being a large economic generator for the community, we know that the show must go on so we'll adapt and move on as usual," says Matt Gibson with Kentucky Derby Festival.

He says they're holding off until March to make any changes. He says last year's flood that canceled events and changed venues taught them to quickly adapt.

"The changes that happen, we're not so tied to the bricks and mortar pieces as long as people are having a good experience."

Wayne Hettinger with Thunder over Louisville says they're working on three different options for the fireworks show. Plan A: goes as status quo, Plan B: use only part of the bridge for fireworks, or Plan C: not use the bridge at all and leave it open and put all the fireworks on the barges.

"We're going to do whatever makes most sense for this community. It would be bad form to ask for the bridge to be shutdown for a number of days just to effect some fireworks," says Gibson.

So favorites, like the waterfall, might get the ax. Gibson says they're waiting for construction to start on the Sherman Minton before deciding on any changes to Thunder or KDF.

 "We can roll with the punches all the way up until about the 11th hour."

It's still unclear how long it will take to repair the Sherman Minton. Governor Mitch Daniels says 6 months, but the contract says nine. So the plans are very much fluid right now.

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