Pittsburgh Public Safety prepares for “Light up Night”

John Blinn, News Editor

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Public Safety is preparing the city for the large crowds that are expected to come with the city’s “Light up Night.”

The annual event will take place on Nov. 22 and kick off the holiday season with various bands and other events.

“As a native of this region, I am very much aware that Light Up Night is a wonderful Pittsburgh tradition that is especially popular with families,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. “I can assure everyone planning on attending that we have taken steps to make this a safe experience for all.”

Officials say that there will be a heavy police presence at the event to help maintain a safe environment.

Forces from the Allegheny County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office will regulate the downtown area, alongside Pennsylvania State Police, Port Authority Police and State Park Rangers. Authorities will also cover various venues in the area.

Protection will also be provided in from the rivers with Mounted Units from the city, county and the state. Public Safety will also survey crowds with a bird’s-eye view through SkyWatch.

Drones and illegal weapons are strictly prohibited from the event. Fireworks, even those that are legal, are not allowed within 150 feet of a structure.

“We will have a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who chooses not to be law-abiding,” Hissrich said. “That means no disorderly conduct, no fighting, no public intoxication or underage drinking and no type of violence will be tolerated.”

Event attendees are encouraged to use public transport as a way to limit traffic. Those who choose to commute with their own vehicles are asked to be patient.