A stepped-up police presence was promised for the remainder of the Canalside Boardwalk Carnival after a teenager was arrested with a handgun Saturday night following a fight, officials said.
“We’re disappointed with this, which we believe to be an isolated incident,” said Sam Hoyt, a board member of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., which operates events at Canalside. “But we have increased the security presence.”
A 17-year-old Buffalo youth was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana after a fight involving several youngsters broke out at about 9 p.m., Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.
No injuries were reported.
U.S. Security, a private firm hired to provide security at Canalside events, apprehended the youth within minutes of the incident, DeGeorge said. The youth was turned over to Buffalo police and charged, he said.
After the incident Saturday night, Hoyt said carnival organizers asked for additional help from Buffalo police for the carnival’s final two days. The carnival concludes Monday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Central Wharf.
Hoyt blamed the incident on “a handful of misbehaving kids” and said safety and security are “our No. 1 priority.”