At least 12 taken to hospital during Bristol’s Fourth of July Parade

(WJAR)

Thousands of people turned out in Bristol Wednesday for the 233rd Fourth of July Parade.

But the heat and humidity presented some challenges at the event, with at least a dozen patients taken to the hospital.

While about 50 people were treated in the parade area, nearly 100 incidents required a response.

Firefighters told NBC 10 News the illnesses were minor, such as dehydration and a lack of food.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve had a hot parade day, so we kind of knew it was going to be like this,” Chief Michael DeMello of the Bristol Fire Department said. “So far, everything was going smoothly. It seems it has been busy, everything is going as planned.”

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