Chief John Proctor tells WALB-TV that several fights broke out in an area where many people had gathered to watch the fireworks show. He says it became a safety and crowd control issue.
Police say the fireworks show resumed after police cleared the area, but few people were left to see the end.
Proctor says he had 85 officers assigned to the event. He blamed the fights on young people who were there with no adult supervision.
Police say no one was seriously injured in the fights. Officers did make some arrests.