NYPD Explains How It Keeps New Yorkers Safe During Annual Fireworks Show

PIX11 was granted unprecedented access to see what it takes to keep New Yorkers safe during the Fourth of July.

The fireworks used by Macy’s are launched from barges in the East River and the NYPD Harbor unit’s job to make sure the show goes on without a hitch.

“We dove  all these barges several days ago. All the divers will scan the entire perimeter and the underside of the barge,” said Capt. Anthony Russo, the acting commander of the NYPD Harbor Unit.

“Once we dive it this one of these launches we’ll stay with it 24/7 until the day of the event so that we know it wasn’t tampered with,” he said.

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