BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The fireworks show at Canalside was delayed by 40 minutes, originally scheduled to start at 10:00 pm but didn’t begin until 10:40 pm. The delay was due to electrical issues.
Buffalo Police also dealt with a few small fights in the crowds, as well as investigating an unconfirmed report of a shot or shots fired.
Between Canalside and Outer harbor its estimated up 50,000 people came to enjoy 4th of July festivities.
Between the kids activities, food trucks, and live music there was plenty for everyone to do. To accommodate the large crowds of people there was also an increased security presence at Canalside. The festivities were treated just like any concert with bag checks and wanding.
This is the third year Canalside hosted 4th of July festivities and people who attended say it gets better every year.
“The flow is a lot better it’s a lot easier to get around, great bands, better food and drink and just overall a fun atmosphere,” said Scott Gould of Buffalo.
“Every year more of our events grow in popularity people seem to love Canalside more and more. So when we started we were prepared for 15,000 tonight were prepared for at least 30,000 so almost double,” said Ryan Coate, Canalside General Manager.
Near the end of the fireworks celebration, rumors of shots fired at Canalside sent dozens of people running.
Buffalo Police say there are no confirmed reports of a shooting. An officer told News 4 the gun shot rumors appeared to be caused by echoes of the fireworks off nearby buildings.
Police are investigating the report of a possible shot fired, but say they have not found any shell casings.
Police say they did deal with a few small fights during the celebrations, including one that involved four or five women. We’re told all of the incidents were quickly dispersed.
No arrests were made.