• Thousands gather for Orlando's Fireworks at the Fountain at Lake Eola


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Thousands of people are flooded into downtown Orlando for the annual Fireworks at the Fountain show at Lake Eola Friday night.

    An estimated 150,000 people crowded the park for the event. 

    For the first time the music show was live, courtesy of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

    The orchestra will provided music played in synchronization with the fireworks display.

    "In years past the music that accompanies the fireworks was a CD, we had some Katy Perry, some country, which is piped through at the park, but now we'll actually  have some live music," said Doug Richard, with the city of Orlando.

    "What is unique to this is the fireworks will be choreographed to the patriotic music," said David Schillhammer, executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic.

    The philharmonic played an entire concert with a member of the orchestra cueing the fireworks crews so they light certain fireworks at the appropriate time.

    Schillhammer said it is a tricky task, but one sure to thrill the crowd.

    "It's a little bit of a high-wire act for the first time after you have been  practicing your part at home or in your studio somewhere and then you get together  with all of the musicians," said Schillhammer.

    Those who attended the fireworks show didn't have to be in front of the bandshell to hear the music; it was heard all around the lake.

    Dozens of Orlando police officer and emergency workers were among the large crowds to make sure everyone was safe.

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