Friday, July 1, 2016

Celebrate Safely on Independence Day

July 1, 2016
Food, family, friends, and fun are all part of an Independence Day celebration. As many people are pulling out the grill to celebrate, others may be thinking about shooting fireworks or firearms into the air – Both are illegal in the city.

“We want all citizens to have a safe and happy holiday this Fourth of July and enjoy events around Richmond,” said Chief Alfred Durham of the Richmond Police Department. “We urge people to please leave fireworks to the professionals and remember that random gunfire is against the law and could result in death.”
In 2014, Brendon’s Law (§ 18.2-56.1) was enacted to implement harsher penalties for reckless handling of a firearm, including celebratory gunfire, resulting in serious injury.

The Richmond Police Department would like to remind citizens of the following:
  • Randomly firing a weapon in the city is illegal.
  • Firecrackers, skyrockets, torpedoes and other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles are prohibited. 
  • Legal fireworks displays planned at the Diamond and Dogwood Dell on Monday, July 4.Legal parking for Dogwood Dell is available at City Stadium on Douglasdale Road. Shuttle buses will be available from the stadium to Dogwood Dell.

    No parking signs in the area will be posted and enforcement will begin at 2 p.m. Illegal parking will be strictly enforced.

ROAD CLOSURES (related to Dogwood Dell Fireworks)

  • Boulevard (north and southbound) closed at south of Idlewood Avenue
  • Blanton Avenue between Garrett Street to Grant Street
  • Douglasdale Road between McCloy Street and Blanton Avenue
  • Park Drive to Toll Plaza
  • Spotswood Road and Trafford Road
  • Westover Hills Boulevard and Riverside Drive closed, including the Boulevard Bridge

The Department plans to have a strong police presence this holiday weekend to ensure safe celebrations. To report random gunfire or illegal fireworks, call the Richmond Police Department’s non-emergency number at 804-646-5100.