Capacity crowds watch Navy Pier Fourth of July fireworks

CHICAGO — Crowds of over 100,000 people crammed Navy Pier to celebrate the Fourth of July firework show.

The parking lots were filled by 6 p.m. and Navy Pier was filled to capacity by 8 p.m., Navy Pier officials said.

Crowds came early to claim prime viewing real estate for Saturday night’s dazzling fireworks extravaganza.

Officials said their security plan included uniformed and plain-clothes police officers. Workers also checked bags at the entrance.

However, someone managed to sneak an M-80 firework through the gates and set it off near the IMAX theater.

It caused a scare because some people thought they were hearing gunfire.

No one was injured and no damage was reported.

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