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Safety a top concern for annual fireworks show

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Each year, thousands of people gather around Saginaw's Ojibway Island to watch the fireworks and every year safety is the top concern.

"What we do for protection is we usually have an annual meeting for the city, and we set what's going to happen with parking, with the crowd control,” said Thomas Roy, president of the Saginaw area fireworks.

Richardo Longoria is the head of security for the Saginaw area fireworks show. He said his job is to secure Ojibway Island.

"My role is to make sure we keep all the people off the north end of the island, where they're setting up all the mortars and doing all of the wiring. That is my specific job: to make sure we don't have anybody who doesn't belong here in that area,” he said.

All other law enforcement operations are being handled in a team effort by Saginaw police, the sheriff's department, and the Michigan State Police.

"For the last eight years I've said we've been working together on this. My agency secures the Court Street Bridge, and underneath the bridge, and we also have two boats in the waterway. The city of Saginaw Police Department mans the island and Washington Avenue up to Holland. Michigan State Police, as I look down the end of the bridge, have multiple personnel from Mackinaw all the way up to Holland Street,” said Bill Federspiel, Saginaw County sheriff.

Longoria said the team of fireworks staff is able to do their job because law enforcement does their job.

"Exactly. That's the way it is. That's the way it's written. Yup. That's how we do it,” he said. 

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