UPDATES: 250,000 come out to first night of Celebration of Light

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The first day of the 25th annual celebration of lights drew thousands to the streets of Vancouver near English Bay.

USA performed the musical pyrotechnic show.

It was a big crowd, but it was well-behaved.

Vancouver Police say more than 250 thousand people gathered on the beach to watch the show, with very few disruptions.

There were also no “incidents of note” as people left the beaches shortly after 11pm.

Emergency services were on hand helping viewers get to and from the event.

Police say there were 239 liquor pour outs, 48 seizures and 2 weapons seizures.

While some say they were there for the show, others say they were there for the night out on the town.

“I’ve been in Vancouver my whole life, but this is the first time I’ve seen it as this big of an event. It’s never really been like this before.”

“Crowd, people, and now you’ve got the food trucks out here. That’s why I like coming, eat and try the food.”

“I’ve never seen fireworks like this. We also have some in Switzerland, but not so big.”

While many spectators were impressed with the Celebration of Lights, officers were also impressed.
Many on duty said things were calmer than expected for them.

The Celebration of lights continue, as France takes to the skies on July 30 and Japan lights it up on the last day, August 2nd.

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