The crowd watching the fireworks over the lake appeared to be even larger than usual this year. Traffic was slower than usual clearing out, Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson said, indicating a strong crowd.

ALEA Marine Patrol trooper Chuck Ellis was on the water working the fireworks shows. He estimates there were about 500 boats on Browns Creek to watch the show.

Not all of those folks followed the law concerning navigation lights. Ellis said there were 10 to 15 boats he saw with no lights whatsoever.

“We had some of those chemical lights you break that light up,” Ellis said.

Those were issued to the boaters with no lights. Some were given warnings or citations too.

Ellis has repeatedly said throughout the summer that the keys to safe boating at night are to slow way down and always use the proper lights.

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