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July 3, 2013

Claremore PD to bolster patrols for city’s Firework Spectacular

CLAREMORE —

Claremore Police officers plan to increase patrols for Thursday’s Firework Spectacular, hosted by the City of Claremore at Claremore Lake Park. 
Police Chief Stan Brown said personel will begin patrolling once the park reopens for the celebration at 6 p.m. The fireworks show will begin between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. 
Officers will direct traffic and enhance an exit route for traffic once the show has ended, said Brown. A portion of Blue Starr Drive and Lake Park Road will be blocked off for the exiting traffic. 
Claremore Parks and Recreation Director Joe Kays said vehicles exiting the park will have to exit east on Blue Starr Drive or south on Lake Park Road. Vehicles exiting from the Will Rogers Stampede Arena will have to exit west on Blue Starr.
“We want to encourage persons to be patient when leaving (the park) and obey all lawful commands,” said Brown.
In addition to festivities at Claremore Lake, officers will begin enforcing firework permits today through Friday.
“Officers will be issuing citiations with fines on the spot for any firework violations. Historically we start getting noise complaints from neighbors two or three days before the holiday,” he said. “We emphasize that firecrackers only be popped between 12 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”
Young children popping fireworks should be accompanied by an adult at all times, he said.
“Streets cannot be used as surfaces for lighting fireworks. Oncoming vehicles have reduced visibility at night and the risk for potential injury increases.”
Brown said CPD officers also want to remind residents to pick up their firework debris and trash. 
State littering penalties increased on Monday from a $200 fine to a $400 fine. The new law was one of more than 70 passed by the State Legislature earlier this year.

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