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UPDATE: Boats allowed to tie up, watch WEBN fireworks

2013 WEBN Fireworks. (FOX19)
2013 WEBN Fireworks. (FOX19)
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 2:10 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - UPDATED STORY: The U.S. Coast Guard said they are now allowing boats at Riverfest, according to Lt. Nicholas Olmstead.

Earlier this week, the Coast Guard said due to Ohio River concerns boats would not be allowed to tie up or anchor to watch the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks.

However, Olmstead said they met with local, state and federal partners Friday morning after receiving the updated river forecast and reversed their decision.

The safety zone for boat tie-ups has been revised.

The zone will allow for boats to utilize the traditional anchorages of Riverfest.

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Boats will not be allowed to tie up and watch the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest, according to the Coast Guard.

Lt. Nicholas Olmstead said due to elevated water levels and debris causing a potential safety hazard, boats will not be able to tie up and watch the fireworks this weekend.

The Coast Guard has established a Safety Zone from mile marker 463 to 483 from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The area is roughly from Bromley, Kentucky and Sedamsville, Ohio to Ft. Thomas close to the 275 bridge.

The display featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks is returning to the river with Riverfest kicking off at 12 p.m. at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman’s Cove on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Fireworks will launch from the Ohio River starting at 9 p.m.

Riverfest was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

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