More than 50K attend Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thousands of people filled the streets for a special spectacle they say is unlike any fireworks show around.

“It’s huge,” Janelle Oren said. “It’s usually really very impressive.”

Because of high water levels on the Great Miami River, no one was allowed near the river banks making for a tight squeeze.

“We have to get our prime real estate,” Tinita Cole. “It’s what’s we call our condo so we don’t have too many people surrounding us.”

Tinita Cole and her friend Karen have been coming to the festival for over a decade. She says every year she comes prepared.

“Bring your own blankets,” Cole said. “Bring your own water and bring you some snacks and some money for the extra food.”

Police made two arrests related to fighting. One woman was injured and sent to the hospital after falling out of her wheelchair. She’s expected to be okay. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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