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Police tips for enjoying the fireworks tonight

Tomorrow night marks the second night of the 2010 Celebration of Light fireworks display. The VPD will again have a very visible presence at this event and be ‘meeting and greeting’ people as they come to the City to take in the event. Many officers will be out around Kitsilano and the West End on foot patrol on the beaches, as well as patrols by the VPD Marine Squad, Mounted Squad, Public Safety Unit, Motorcycle Unit and the Bicycle Unit.


Road closures will begin in Kitsilano at 6:00 p.m. and in the West End at 7:30 p.m. Alternate forms of transportation are encouraged, in particular transit.  People are advised to come early if parking is needed outside the perimeters.


We also want to remind people of some tips that might make the event more enjoyable and memorable for everyone:


  • ·          Don’t bring liquor to the fireworks. Everyone wants the Celebration of Light to remain a fun family-oriented event.


  • ·          The Celebration of Light is a family event and the use of strollers can be challenging in such large crowds. If possible, consider staying near the edges of the crowds to avoid having the stroller and young children caught up in them.


  • ·          Consider having children wear "glow sticks" as a bracelet or necklace so they are illuminated and easier to spot in the large crowds. Once darkness hits it can be hard to see in the crowds.


  • ·          Meeting friends and family a block or two away from your destination may be preferable to trying to meeting in a very busy area, such as the intersection of Davie Street and Denman Street.


  • ·          Riding bikes, walking pets on long leads, skateboarding, and pulling carts in the congested areas can cause safety concerns. If you are riding a bike or skateboard, dismount before you get close to the crowds, and keep pets close to you so they don’t get scared by the people or the fireworks. You may consider just leaving your pet at home.


  • ·          The intersection of Davie Street and Denman Street is always very crowded before, during, and after the fireworks. Often the side streets are under-utilized as exit points from English Bay and you might be able to get home quicker if you use them.


  • ·          Once the fireworks are over there are tens of thousands of people trying to exit the English Bay beaches. Trying to walk against the flow of people can cause that flow to stop and increases the potential for conflict and/or injury.


  • ·          Please don’t bring garden 'oil lamps' or wave lit lighters above your head to offer light or direction to others. These can potentially injure you or others or start a fire in our parks and green spaces.


  • ·          If you find yourself feeling claustrophobic or short of breath let others around you know. There are a number of refuge spaces for you around the area of Davie Street and Denman Street and paramedics available on bicycles if you need medical attention.


·          If you’re concerned about being in the large crowds, try to stay off to the sides or on the beach and wait a few minutes until the majority of the people leave before trying to go home

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