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Crowds gather at Yeatman's Cove ahead of Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks

Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-03 23:43:44-04

CINCINNATI -- People poured onto the banks of the Ohio River hours ahead of the annual Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks Sunday.

About 500,000 people are expected on the Kentucky and Ohio side of the river for the end of summer celebration.

Some arrived as early as 2:30 p.m. Saturday to reserve the best seats.

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John Adkins has been coming to the firework show for 30 years. He said a lot has changed over the years. 

"When they first started it you could bring your coolers and everything,” Adkins said.  “Now they don't allow alcohol so it's a lot better … the crowd is a lot calmer, no bottles laying everywhere, less fights."

Police said they’re increasing patrol along the riverside this year -- three people were shot on the riverfront after last year’s show.

Police will also regulate the closures of bridges and streets before the fireworks. 

Several bridges closed at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Access to the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (I-471) from Ohio will close at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Pedestrians may cross on the west side of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge until 7:30 p.m.

Several streets in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport will close ahead of the show.