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Vancouver fireworks trouble free, police say

07/28/2013 08:04 EDT | Updated 09/27/2013 05:12 EDT
Vancouver Police say there weren't any serious incidents during last night's fireworks competition in English Bay.

"People were generally good-natured and well behaved," said Cst. Brian Montague of the Vancouver Police Department.

The crowd of 250,000 to 300,000 people was less than the 400,000 expected to take in the U.K.'s performance on the opening night of the Celebration of Light.

Police recorded over 600 cases of having to pour out alcohol, as well as 35 liquor seizures.

Nine peple were arrested for being drunk in public, but Montague said it was encouraging to see relative few serious incidents.

"It's becoming more of a family-oriented event, we're seeing lots of families, and a lot less groups of young intoxicated people down here," he said after the show.

Montague says every year, hundreds of officers on foot, on bicycle and on horse come out to the event.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has raised concerns that the Vancouver police crackdown on alcohol is too heavy handed.

The British team is one of three countries competing in the 23rd edition of the summer light show. They will be followed by Canada on July 31 and Thailand on Aug. 3.

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