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Fireworks spectators leave mess in English Bay

Sunday morning's first beach-goers to English Bay probably noticed nothing except clean, groomed sand, but hours before, city crews had to toil to pick up after those fireworks spectators who didn't heed the call to take their trash away.

Garbage strewn on beach, along local streets despite organizers asking people to pack it out

Seagulls flocked to English Bay beach in search of a meal from garbage left after the Celebration of Light fireworks on Saturday, July 23, 2016. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Sunday morning's first beach-goers to English Bay probably noticed nothing except clean, groomed sand, but hours before, city crews had to toil to pick up after those fireworks spectators who didn't heed the call to take their trash away.

Just some of the mess left behind at English Bay after the fireworks show Saturday July 23 2016. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Police estimate up to 300,000 people staked out a spot in English Bay to watch the opening night of the 2016 Celebration of Light. That appears to be down from previous years, when the festival has drawn up to 500,000 people.

A team of City of Vancouver workers started at 5 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 24, 2016 to clean up all the garbage left on the beach in English Bay. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

On Friday and Saturday, organizers along with the general manager of Vancouver's Board of Parks and Recreation reminded those going to the show not to leave a mess, as left-behind garbage has been a problem in other years.

"We ask that all of you attending, please help us in that task by taking out your garbage, not bringing glass bottles to the event and most importantly do not smoke on the beaches," said Malcolm Bromley to media on Friday.

The garbage left behind after the 2016 Celebration of Light was not just on the beach. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

He added that crews are deployed at 5 a.m. to clean up the mess that is often left behind.

A beach groomer puts the final touches on the sand in English Bay after workers toiled for hours to clean up from the 2016 Celebration of Light fireworks. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

There are two more fireworks shows to come in English Bay for the 2016 edition of the festival, with the next on Wednesday July 27 and the final one on Saturday July 30.

with files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza.

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