UPDATES: Massive crowd takes in final night of 2014 Celebration of Light

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UPDATES: Massive crowd takes in final night of 2014 Celebration of Light

Vancouver police are complimenting crowds at the Celebration of Light fireworks show for their good behaviour.

Officers arrested a total of nine people for public intoxication and causing a disturbance, and police arrested two others for reasons that have not been released.

Officers forced hundreds to pour out their booze and confiscated six weapons.

But considering there were at least 300,000 people watching the fireworks, police say the audience was well behaved.

Officers say they worked hard to keep a visible presence at the fireworks show.

The Celebration of Light at English Bay ended Saturday night after teams from the United States, France and Japan shot fireworks into the sky for three days.

It was Japan’s time to shine in a fireworks finale which lived up to the hype at the Celebration of Light on Saturday night.

350,000 people packed English Bay for the display and many came away feeling very impressed.

“Oh yeah, it was wonderful. Music was fantastic and it was a beautiful show.”

“It was very good. I think Japan covered it very well. They seem to put a lot of talent into their show and so I was very happy with what I saw. I think they quite deserve the award for tonight.”

“The fireworks were awesome, like super crazy and up in your face.

VPD Constable Brian Montague says everyone for the most part was on their best behaviour.

“We’ve tweaked how we do things now and I think not only have we gotten better, but the crowd has gotten better. They realize that if they’re going to come down and cause problems, they’re going to be met with pretty quickly.”

Langley resident Dorian Powell is happy to see the crowd respond positively to the large event.

“As far as I’m concerned I think the crowd has matured quite a bit and it’s become more of a family environment more than anything.”

If you missed the dazzling finale, you’ll have to wait another year for the splendour and spectacle of the next Celebration of Light.


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