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After the fireworks end, Thunder cleanup is no easy task

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Thousands have packed the waterfront for Thunder over Louisville, and eventually, they'll have to head home.

And when the show is over, the work for law enforcement officials is far from over.

"We want people to feel like we're everywhere," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said. "And on this night, downtown, we are everywhere."

Even after the show wraps up, law enforcement still has a tough job ahead.

"Well have officers that will come out with the crowds ... and every traffic location will have blue lights," Conrad said.

With all the different agencies involved, there are 1,200 different sets of eyes on the crowd and event.

"We're still being active, staying vigilant, and we're going what we can to keep our entire city safe," Conrad said.

But LMPD says its focus is downtown.

"We still have full staffing at our eight police divisions," Conrad said. "We don't want to take away from our neighborhoods.

"The challenge is really just going to be moving people out. People that are east of 4th Street will go east. People west of 4th will be going west."

It's a slow process,  Conrad says, but the streets gradually thin out.

"It's not that bad. After the fireworks are over and everything, it's usually not. It flows pretty good."

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