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Folly Beach official expect the population at the edge of American to swell from 8,000 to nearly 70,000 on the 4th of July.

Last year massive crowds mixed with alcohol  proved explosive.

 Police arresting a suspect for disorderly conduct, found themselves enclosed by thousands throwing beer bottles and punches. In the end, five officers were injured and seven people arrested. The incident brought a crashing wave of backlash on the police department and ultimately a drinking ban at the beach.

It's a site the department doesn't want to see this year.

To prepare batter for the 2013 celebration, Public Safety Director, Dennis Brown, said teams were offered additional training in crowd control, compliance techniques that don't require weapons, the city hired additional staff, and requested aid from other area departments.

  Trash is another issue on the beach during holiday celebrations. This year, the city ordered large containers for trash and  set out trash bag dispenser for beach goers.

"Leave only your footprint in the sand," Brown said.  "And try to keep Folly Beach what I think is the best beach in the Lowcountry."

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