The annual air show and fireworks show, “Thunder Over Louisville” will take place at the riverfront this Saturday April 23rd.

With good weather crowds are expected to draw at least 500,000 people.

Thunder_over_louisville_2006The Indiana State Police and other local agencies will be working to make sure it stays safe on the Indiana side of the river as our public safety counterparts from Kentucky do the same on their side of the river.

Approximately 120 state troopers along with approximately 125other officers from local city, county, and state law enforcement agencies will combine to provide traffic direction, interstate patrols, and foot patrols.

The Indiana State Police will also have an emergency response team, canines, a bomb squad, and aircraft available if the need arises.

If anyone has an emergency while attending the festivities they should dial 911. If they have a general complaint or need a police report they should dial 812-283-6633 or 812-246-5424.

The Indiana State Police wants everyone who attends the event to have a good time. However, troopers and other officers will be patrolling looking for violations of the law. If anyone sees a suspicious package, car, or any other suspicious activity they should contact the first officer they see or dial the numbers provided above.

Following are a few rules that will be enforced on the riverfront. No alcohol, no open fires, no tents, no pets, and no skateboards will be allowed.

Traffic on Interstate 65 South will be rerouted from 7:30 pm until 10:30 pm on the night of “Thunder”. Traffic will be rerouted at Interstate 265 to Interstate 64. There will be numerous other road closures and reroutes in the local cities and towns. There will be traffic delays. Indiana State Police is asking that everyone be patient and drive defensively.

The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge will be closed from 11 am until 4 pm on Friday, April 22, for the air show practice window. It will also close at 9 am Saturdayuntil 10 pm for all traffic. Signage will be placed on the Big Four Bridge to help notify the public of the closures.