Law Enforcement Efforts, July 4, 2015

The City of Cleveland, Division of Police, wishes to promote a safe and fun Fourth of July.  In the spirit of safety and responsibility, municipal codes involving fireworks, noise and alcohol in public will be strictly enforced.

Fireworks pose a serious threat when not handled properly. However, Illegal fireworks pose an even greater threat to those using or storing them and revelers. Illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous, and can quickly turn a holiday into a tragic day. The vast majority of injuries occur during the weeks leading up to and following the Fourth of July. For a safe and fun Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the experts, as the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks are illegal in the City of Cleveland.

Unnecessary Noise complaints will be investigated and violators will be cited in accordance with the city’s noise ordnance: 605.10(b)(10) “the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks” as a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.  Violations of this section after having been warned within 36 hours of a second occurrence are a misdemeanor of the third degree.  Violations of this section during any dates of June 15 through July 15 inclusive are a misdemeanor of the third degree.

In addition, if you plan to consume alcohol, choose a designated driver, take a taxi or use public transportation.  Open container laws will be enforced throughout the city and within the parks system.

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