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Security Hard at Work at Freedom Festival

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Two departments, One goal.

“We're able to communicate with them, we work very well with them,” said Col John Stuelke with the Linn Co sheriff’s office.

Together, the Linn County Sheriff's office and the Cedar Rapids police department had their eyes on Freedom fest fireworks show.

“We don't want anybody over-drinking, causing problems, anything like that, so those are the things we look for,” said Lt. Charlie Fields with CRPD.

There are the usual challenges they face every year.

“They spend all day trying to get here to the venue, and five minutes after the thing is over they want to get out in a big hurry,” Fields said.

Then you have this year's curve balls. With the amphitheater area closed off this year to attendees, it took away from available space.

“Before we had a bigger venue, now we have a smaller venue, a little more packed for the people,” Fields said.

In addition to that issue, with people allowed to sit on the Second and Third Avenue bridges to watch the show, drivers faced additional delays after the show.

“We're not able to open as many avenues for people to drive as what we were used to the past,” Stuelke said.

Though traffic may very well be a head ache, Law enforcement says the crowds at freedom fest fireworks show are usually a different story.

“The people who attend freedom fest are usually well behaved, and so we would expect that to continue this year,” Stuelke said.
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