Big crowd turns out at Belle Isle for 2015 Ford Fireworks

 The sky didn't have to be dark in order to see the light show and hundreds did after packing Belle Isle to watch the fireworks. 

About 3,400 vehicles were at the island to see the show.

"I normally watch them on that side (of the river), but this year we came out because of the quality of the island now," said Gregg Sayranian. "The 2015 ford fireworks festival is the island's first real test since becoming a state park."

The 2015 Ford Fireworks Festival is the island's first real test since becoming a state park.  The lots are cleaner, the toll plaza is up and running.

And the James Scott Memorial Fountain back to its old glory.

Heather Kirby hasn't been there in 10 years.

"It's way nicer it's more quiet the kids are having a good time a lot more to do a lot more security," she said.

Safety was an afterthought. No one FOX 2 spoke with was concerned about security despite the shootings over the weekend.

"It has improved so much," said Starnisha Henderson. "The police is out here they're securing it, patrolling it right."

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw spoke about the increased security.

"This is no longer a race track," he said. "This is no longer a place where you come and play your music as loud as you want, you smoke marijuana, you drink, that's not what goes on here."

Shaw says roughly 60 troopers plus DNR conservation officers are patrolling Belle Isle.

He says they're more apt to give verbal warnings to scoff laws and those unfamiliar with the new Belle Isle.

Michigan State Police reported there were no incidents happening on Belle Isle Monday night.

"I'm just concerned there's no unwarranted harassment that comes about,"  said Ron Scott, from Detroit's Coalition Against Police Brutality. 

Scott has been a vocal critic of state police since they began patrolling the island a year ago accusing them of heavy handed over policing.

"MSP, some of them do not have the cultural sensitivity that's necessary in terms of dealing with citizens," he said. "The people coming to the island are not criminals they're not coming out to create havoc and we don't want them treated like that."
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