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Volunteers working to clean up Thunder trash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---The beautiful weather contributed to a huge crowd this weekend at Thunder over Louisville.

Officials say there were more than 650,000 people throughout the day, which led to a massive cleanup from volunteers.

After the airshow and fireworks were over, the cleanup began.

Volunteers worked Saturday evening and early Sunday morning to try to clear the mess away.

It takes a lot of volunteers and teamwork to make it happen.

"It's easier to rake it, then you just grab it- cause then you get it in bigger pounds, or mounds. It's quicker that way," says Olivia Robinson, a Jeffersonville High School student and volunteer.

Robinson and her fellow track team members participated in the cleanup as part of a community service project.

The work is tedious as volunteers work to clean up every single piece of trash left along the great lawn.

"This is worse than last year definitely, because the weather was really good. A lot of people came out and enjoyed themselves," says Samuel Ellis, President of Jim Reynolds Asphalt Sealcoating.

Mayor Greg Fischer says overall, Thunder was a success.

There were safety concerns going into the big event after a recent outbreak of teen violence in the area.

Mayor Greg Fischer says law enforcement was prepared, and there were no major problem.

"The citizens also felt good about the 27 cameras in place as well. I went to the operations center and checked them out as well, so they working well," says Mayor Fischer.  

As Thunder weekend now wraps up, officials say they couldn't be happier with the turnout, and overall show.

"It's crazy how many people come down here," says Lauren Cook, a Jeffersonville High School student.

 "Probably the 2nd largest crowd in Thunder history," says Mike Berry, President of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

"It was definitely the best show I've seen," says Samuel Ellis.

This weekend was also the start of "Give a Day" week, where people are encouraged to volunteer in the community in some way.

About 120,000 people are expected to participate this week.

To sign up. Click here.

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