Fire official talk safety for Monday's 4th of July concert
Stephanie Ramirez, newsnet5.com
11:26 PM, Jun 30, 2013
Cleveland - It's that time of year again for the Cleveland Orchestra's "Star-Spangled Spectacular" performance commemorating the 4 th of July holiday this week.
"We definitely want to be able to do something for the community and this has been kind of one of the signature concerts that the Cleveland Orchestra puts on," said Cleveland Orchestra Director of Operations, Julie Kim.
Kim was on hand Sunday as crews worked through the rain to set-up the stage for Monday. The concert is put on each year around this time by the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture group and will take place at Public Square, July 1 st.
"One of the most amazing things is to see is Public Square, you know, filled with like 50,000 people," said Kim.
The City of Cleveland is certainly preparing for a large crowd and Sunday, Cleveland Fire's Public Information Officer went over questions from possible spectators about the event.
"Well I would like to know, if I was coming can I bring a book bag?" said Funmilayo Olinda.
"If you don't need to bring any items with you by all means, don't do it," said Fire PIO Larry Gray. That doesn't mean you can't bring a book bag or large back, but if you do, a Cleveland Police Spokesperson confirmed those spectators' bags could be subject to search.
"I want to know if there's going to be safety for my children?" asked Olinda again.
Cleveland Police confirmed they are planning to have extra security on hand with assistance from various departments and agencies, including the FBI. In terms of fireworks, Gray said, "We're staged and set-up at a particular site where it doesn't put, impose any danger to the public."
Gray said people should keep sparklers and other fireworks at home and leave the display to professionals.
Gray told NewsChannel5 public safety is the most important for Cleveland officials who have a security plan in place for Monday that includes sweeps. Still keeping Boston in mind Gray said, "When you see situations like that, it reminds us how important it is to protect our public and to make sure we have enough safety precautions in place. "
With that being said, Gray also added the public has a responsibility as well. Don't come drunk, he warned, telling NewsChannel5 alcohol and weapons are not allowed either.
"If you see something say something," said Gray," we just want people to come out, enjoy this festivity,"
A CPD Spokesperson said they plan to close down the Public Square area at around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. Events start as early as 5 p.m. at Public Square with the actual concert portion expected to begin at around 9 p.m. The fireworks display is to follow.
Police say come early and make sure to park legally. Officials warned tow trucks will be roving around the area to make sure no one is parked illegally and blocking traffic.