Appleton Fireworks Security
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Appleton, WI -- Security for Wednesday night's fireworks celebration in Appleton was not as strict as in Green Bay. Close to 60,000 people enjoyed the event at Memorial Park. While more officers were at the gates, there weren't as many restrictions as Thursday's celebration in Green Bay. Leaders at Fire Over the Fox announced they'll be banning coolers and large bags. Organizers and police in Appleton had similar discussions but decided to go with no restrictions because their venue is much smaller. It doesn't mean security wasn't tight. Around 20 security guards were checking bags at the gate at Memorial Park.
"We're comfortable with their coolers as long as they don't bring in glass," said event organizer, Ron Tusler.
There was also more police on duty than last year.
"We do talk about that. We do put some extra patrols out there based on what has happened," said Appleton Police Lt. Daniel Weiske.
They monitor the park and create a perimeter around the event to look for things that are suspicious.
Guests agree with the decision.
"More security put on, I think the less people will come out here."
They don't want anything to get in the way of a fun, family event.
"No changes. They should keep it just the way it is."