DC Police Shut Down Lincoln Park Firework Celebration
by Larry Janezich
Last night at about 10:10pm, a half dozen MPD officers from the First District closed down a DIY firework celebration in Lincoln Park, citing numerous complaints from neighbors. Police confiscated several bags of fireworks which they said were illegal.
According to one participant, the informal neighborhood July 4th celebration has been a community tradition for more than 20 years. It was unclear whether the move was a part of a larger crackdown on fireworks in the city, but police on the scene said that similar celebrations “all over the city” were being shut down tonight, not just Lincoln Park.
The fireworks started around 9:00pm, with standard fare widely available at licensed firework stands. As the evening progressed, larger fireworks which may have been responsible for complaints began to be set off. According to a recent WRC-TV news report, “In general, any fireworks or firecrackers that explode — such as cherry bombs, roman candles, or floral shells — are illegal.” Some of the fireworks set off last night seemed to fall in that category.