CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The fireworks display in uptown is set to go on rain or shine.
Preparation for the event includes work for police officers, who are out to keep the peace.
Officers will be granted expanded powers in the enforcement zone. That covers most of Uptown Charlotte. The borders are from 9th to Church and Stonewall to Davidson Street.
The city council authorized the police department to adopt expanded powers during “extraordinary events” in 2012. Such an event is defined as a “large scale event of national or international significance and/or an event expected to attract a significant number of people to a certain portion of the city.” The ordinance allows law enforcement to identify risks or the intent of individuals to do harm at a large scale event, according to the city.
Prohibited items at the Fourth of July event include:
- Bars, chains, shafts, cables, or plastic pipe
- An aerosol container, spray gun or soaker device
- A paint gun, etching materials, spray paint container
- A backpack, duffle bag, satchel, cooler
- Containers capable of being filled with flammable or dangerous substance
- A sharp or bladed objects: box cutter, utility knife, ice pick or axe
- A hammer or crow bar
- Pepper spray, mace
- Body armor, shield, helmet, protective pads, or gas masks
- A mask or scarf worn with the intent to hide one’s identity while committing a crime
- A police scanner
- Rocks, bottles, objects, bricks