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Security At Forefront For Detroit Police During Fireworks Display

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Police check bags as people enter the Hart Plaza area for the Fireworks display Monday night. (WWJ/Pat Sweeting)

Police check bags as people enter the Hart Plaza area for the Fireworks display Monday night. (WWJ/Pat Sweeting)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Riverfront is filled up – ahead of Monday night’s  huge fireworks show.

Fireworks fans with bags, coolers, wagons, chairs and blankets were streaming onto Hart Plaza where Detroit police conducted visual and physical checks just to make sure dangerous items were not being brought onto the plaza.

“We don’t want any fireworks, firearms – any kind of weapons. We want to make it clear, and clean area – what we call a clean zone,” said Deputy Chief James Tolbert. “We want to make sure that everything coming in is for family enjoyment.”

A ban on tents and canopies also in effect on the plaza this evening reports WWJ’s Pat Sweeting, which will be closed when occupancy reaches capacity this Monday evening.

Security Fireworks (4) PSweetingPolice say once capacity on Hart Plaza is reached folks can’t leave and re-enter.

Detroit police are reminding motorists to park legally. Deputy Detroit Police Chief James Tolbert warns that if your vehicle is towed, it will cost you dearly.

“It’s going to cost you a minimum of two hundred and fifteen dollars to get your vehicle,” said Tolbert. “So, what we want you to do is to park in a legal spot … in a legal garage. There is plenty enough parking in the downtown area to handle everyone who comes out to view the fireworks.”

Vehicles towed on Belle Isle will be impounded and remain on the island. Vehicles towed from other areas in downtown Detroit will be towed to 2121 Fort Street.

More at the complete GUIDE TO FIREWORKS.

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