Thursday, July 03, 2003
Thousands of Westporters and their guests gathered at Compo Beach tonight for the town’s annual fireworks display. Bad weather threatened earlier but skies had cleared by early evening.
The annual display was sponsored by the Police Athletic League (PAL), which returned the event to Compo after one year at neaby Sherwood Island State Park.
Despite the threatening skies, beachgoers began staking out their spots early in the day and the numbers increased as the event drew nearer.
Police estimated as many as 3,000 to 4,000 people may have witnessed the fireworks from the beach and adjacent Long Island Sound waters.
A low cloud cover marred visibility of some of the higher exploding fireworks, which were organized this year by a unit of the famed Grucci fireworks family.