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Dunkirk police chief cites zero tolerance for illegal fireworks during holiday weekend

DUNKIRK – Police Chief David C. Ortolano says he has issued an order for arrests to be made to enforce a zero-tolerance policy on possession and use of illegal fireworks in the city.

“We will have extra patrols in service for the holiday weekend,” Ortolano said this week.

Dunkirk is not in the areas of New York State that have approved home firework displays, he said.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend will begin with Music in Memorial Park at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday, and many activities are planned during the day on the Fourth.

There will be live music at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday in the park and a fireworks display at the City Pier at dusk. The City Pier will be closed at 5 p.m. to allow for setup of the fireworks.

Parking is available in the lots near Second and Washington streets and Third Street at Central Avenue, Ortolano said. The chief also said motorists should make efforts to avoid Lakeshore Drive on the holiday.

A portion of Lakefront Boulevard in the area of Pangolin, Armadillo and Genet streets will be closed because of continuing seawall construction.

Pedestrians are not allowed to go into the fenced construction areas.