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Thunder a success, volunteers pick up mess

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The estimated 650,000 people who attended Thunder left behind quite a mess. The estimated 650,000 people who attended Thunder left behind quite a mess.
Volunteer Jazzmen Jefferson said it might sound weird, but she likes picking up trash to help keep the park beautiful and clean. Volunteer Jazzmen Jefferson said it might sound weird, but she likes picking up trash to help keep the park beautiful and clean.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - When the pyrotechnic power faded into the night sky and more than 650,000 people went home, litter dotted the landscape of the North Great Lawn of Waterfront Park.

Breakdown and clean-up from Thunder Over Louisville began immediately after the fireworks. Tru-Service and Rumpke crews worked overnight to remove disposable trash receptacles. Some workers were still there as volunteers arrived early Sunday morning.

"It makes me feel good. I'm just making sure that when kids come out here and play, they see a clean surrounding," volunteer Justice Warrick said.

Volunteers and Louisville's YouthBuild group helped pick up trash.

"This is a big event that's going to get trashed. So people come by to help get it back to where it needs to be so people can enjoy it right away - that's our goal," Samuel Ellis said.

Athletes from area schools participated with Mayor Greg Fischer who encouraged the community to donate time for his 'Give A Day' service initiative.

"I like when we're done and we can just sit back and look at the result," Jazzmen Jefferson said.

The city-wide week of community service, April 12 to 20, will help launch the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival.

Volunteers are still needed for nearly 200 community services projects of all kinds.

To find a project you care about and register to help, visit mygiveaday.com and click the "To volunteer for an existing project" link.

Metro officials, along with Tru-Service and Rumpke, planned to finish litter removal on the waterfront by Sunday afternoon but they said they'll stay until the job is completed.

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