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Thunder Over Louisville draws thousands to waterfront under blue skies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands flocked to the waterfront Saturday under blue skies to see the Thunder Over Louisville air show. 

The Blue Angels put on a show to remember, thundering across the sky over downtown Louisville in tight formations.

The weather saw temperatures in the upper 70's with scattered clouds providing occasional shade to the Thunder fans.

Kentucky Derby Festival officials said this year's Thunder drew a crowd of about 650,000 spectators.

Despite the recent string of violent incidents involving teens in downtown Louisville, many people say they were not concerned.

"We've got plenty of support around us. Cops everywhere. We're good, we're very safe," is what one spectator said when asked about how secure she felt while attending this year's Thunder.

To add to the sense of security, officials beefed up security by adding more cameras around Waterfront Park and increasing the number of officers that were present during Thunder.

One Thunder attendee said he does not believe the more than 20 recent incidents involving assault, robbery, and vandalism will repeat itself. He said, "That was a random thing. This is too big a crowd for something like that to take place. It's too much vigilance."

From LMPD to Jefferson County Sheriff's and even the Air National Guard, Thunder was stacked with a historical amount of security detail. "I've seen a lot more cops than year's past, but I think I'd rather them be down here just in case," said one attendee.

Even outside the confines of Waterfront Park, when the fireworks end, LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad say's the police "We traditionally have not had problems during the fireworks, but officers are vigilant during them as well. The next thing we look for obviously is when people head back to their cars. We want to make sure they can get back there safely."

The consensus of the crowd appeared to be that there was no need to worry.

"There's police officers everywhere. I don't feel like there's anything that could happen that they couldn't handle," one female who attended Thunder said.

"I don't worry about stuff like that. We're just down here to have fun," said one male attendee.

Chief Conrad said the biggest problem Saturday may have come from Mother Nature. He said, "The biggest thing I've heard anybody talk about out there is a lot of sun and sunburn may be the story of the day, at least so far."

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