Fourth of July by the numbers

CLEVELAND -- The big Cleveland fireworks show just ended.

Before the big bang in the sky, folks were enjoying themselves, hanging out at Whiskey Island ahead of the pyrotechnics.

Nearly 91-year-old Lois Jeavons decided she had to see the show for the first time from up close, at Whiskey Island.

"I just finished a book about Cleveland. I've never been down here for the Fourth of July," Jeavons told Channel 3's Hilary Golston. "At 90, I thought I better see what this is all about."

This is the fourth year the Downtown Cleveland Alliance has hosted the fireworks along Lake Erie in the show's approximately 25 year history, according to the organization's president Joe Marinucci.

The City of Cleveland's July 4th Fireworks is presented by First Energy.

The 10 p.m. show could be viewed from 7 "best" spots, by our count. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Shooters on the west bank of the flats, Settlers Landings on the east bank, Whiskey Island, Wendy Park, Edgewater Park and Kirtland Park.

The fireworks display, put on by the Zambelli Company, reportedly featured 3-8 inch shells to produce a high areal show.

Teenager Sandra Mattis was looking forward "explosions, like something that's really spectacular.. like last year, but better."

We also found a veteran who came to Whiskey Island because back in 1958 he was stationed in buildings right near where the fireworks were lit and shot off Friday night. "I got the best memories," Stan Kosiba said. "I just sit here and think of when we used to pull life service out of that a buildings over there."

On America's 238th birthday, Kosiba couldn't have celebrated in a better fashion he feels. "I'm proud of my country. I love my country and I served my country."


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