Good morning, and I hope each of you is gearing up for a great Fourth of July weekend with family and friends. We hope to see you all at the Broad Street Blast tomorrow night at Smith Park for music and fireworks.
As most in the City are aware, the city shut down illegal fireworks last year in Barnitz Park at the Unity Gathering. It was not our most graceful moment. I’ve said it in public before and I’ll say it again here. When the City does not provide services that people want, good meaning people try to step up to fill the gap. Pernell Huff and his group do a fantastic job putting the Unity Gathering together and their only flaw last year was trying to provide fireworks for the South end when the City had nothing to offer. A heartfelt, good intention with unfortunately an illegal solution.
The complaint from the Unity organizers was that the City was selective in our enforcement of the fireworks laws. The City Division of Police cannot witness illegal activity and not take some action to curb the behavior. I’ve made it clear to the Division of Police that if they witness illegal fireworks displays “anywhere” in the City over the Fourth of July weekend, they are to warn the individuals to shut them down immediately. That goes for all parts of town, all groups…everyone in Middletown. The only permit that has been obtained for legally shooting fireworks has been for the Broad Street Blast Friday night. If warning does not stop the activity, the Middletown Division of Police are instructed to cite the individuals into court and to confiscate visible fireworks.
Please join us Friday night for the City fireworks and leave the illegal ones in your house. This holiday weekend is supposed to be a fun celebration of our country’s democracy and independence. The City does not want to have to summon people to court who won’t comply with the law.
Please respect the law and let our officers do their job helping the public and serving this community with distinction and honor.
Have a great weekend!