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As many as 15,000 persons watched Friday night’s Independence Day fireworks at Westport’s Compo Beach. WestportNow.com video by Helen Klisser During
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By James Lomuscio
UPDATE By car, bus, bicycle, moped or on foot, as many as 15,000 persons jammed Westport’s Compo Beach tonight as the Fourth of July fireworks came two days early. A perfect summer night’s celebration, however, was marred soon afterward by the boating death of a spectator.
Part of the crowd on hand for tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport police said a 58-year-old man who watched the display from a boat died shortly after the fireworks ended as he fell overboard and suffered severe trauma. The victim, who was identified Saturday morning as Charles W. Lucas of Franklin Avenue, Westport, was pronounced dead at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo, police said.
As darkness fell, the night sky lit up with color, crackles, ghostlike whistles and booms that were only surpassed in loudness by the round of applause following the grand finale at the end of the show.
Run by the Police Athletic League and the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the fireworks display was orchestrated by the famed Grucci fireworks family and was estimated to have cost $52,000.
The temperature was in the 60s and few clouds in the sky tonight as thousands enjoyed the annual Independence Day fireworks at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A 58-year-old Westport man died in a boating accident tonight off of Westport’s Compo Beach after watching the Independence Day fireworks display, police said.
Police on Saturday morning identified him as Charles W. Lucas of Franklin Avenue.
A police news release said at about 10:22 pm, Westport police marine units received a report on VHF channel 16 of a man overboard in the Saugatuck River between Cedar Point Yacht Club and Longshore.
Responding units located a small vessel occupied by two people holding on to the victim who was unconscious and unresponsive, the release said.
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