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A.C. air show draws hundreds of thousands to the city

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The 11th annual air show in Atlantic City brought hundreds ofthousands of tourists to the beaches and boardwalk with eyes glued to the skyto get a glimpse of something some have never seen before.

"They were doing shapes and designs.  I've never seen nothin' like that,"said Tyeish Brittingham, an Atlantic City tourist.

Officials say more than 400,000 people came to Atlantic Cityfor the Thunder Over the Boardwalk air show and that Wednesday's spectacle wasplanned as much as a year in advance.

Director of Atlantic City Emergency Management, Tom Foley, toldNBC40, "It could be a crowd in the millions but we are ready to go becausethat's what we do.  We make sure peopleare safe and happy and having a good time in Atlantic City and that's what it'sall about."

And although there were significantly less people at thisyear's air show, Atlantic City officials say that Wednesday's event was a greatsuccess and that tourists were on their best behavior.

Foley said, "We had zero crime.  We are very, very happy about that.  Having zero crime and having 400,000 people in town is atremendous, tremendous opportunity."

And tourists seemed to notice. Brittingham told NBC40, "There wasn't nobody like trying to starttrouble or nothing that I know of, where I was at anyway.  Like I said, it was like thousands - so youknow, it was packed and we all had a good time."

Because of sequester cuts, the air show did not feature anymilitary jets, but tourists say they had a great time anyway.

"It would have been a little better if the jets were therebut overall it was still good," said Atlantic City tourist, Tom Lidke.  Brittingham added, "I appreciate theshow just as much as they appreciated us coming."

Atlantic city emergency officials say there were 3 E.M.S.runs and only one transport the entire day, numbers that were lower thanexpected.

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