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Thousands Celebrate Halloween On Franklin Street

Posted November 1, 2004 12:02 p.m. EST

— Franklin Street in Chapel Hill once again attracted ghouls and goblins of all ages.

The town estimates 80,000 people came out to honor a 30-year Halloween tradition. A closed area on West Franklin Street was expanded to accommodate the crowd.

People walked up and down the closed street to sport their costumes and creativity.

About 300 law enforcement officers were on hand in case things got out of hand.

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers and Chapel Hill officers issued 32 citations in and around the closed area.

One person, who had a handgun, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and violating the town ordinance of possessing weapon on a closed street.

The town said 15,000 people took advantage of shuttle buses that provided transportation from four park-and-ride lots.

Police shut the party down at 2:30 a.m. and reopened streets to traffic at about 3:45 a.m.