City Committee Meeting Will Hear Reports on Colorado Street Bridge Suicides, LED Lighting for City Streets, Fireworks Seizures

Published : Monday, July 17, 2017 | 5:34 AM

Pasadena police and a Fire Dept. investigator seizure illegal fireworks in Pasadena. File photo.

The Pasadena City Council’s Public Safety Committee will receive Wednesday a joint Fireworks Overview by the Pasadena Police Department, Fire Department and the Public Affairs Division that summarizes the City’s monitoring of fireworks-related incidents during the celebration of the 4th of July.

At its regular meeting, the Committee will also receive a set of proposals for mitigating suicides at the Colorado Street Bridge, and a report on the use of blue-rich lighting along City streets and in public areas.

Preliminary information from City Public Information Officer William Boyer shows the City’s community outreach and public information efforts were largely successful in mitigating possible injury to persons and damage to property that may be caused by fireworks on the 4th of July.

The Pasadena Fire Department reported two fires on Independence Day were fireworks-related, and no injuries were caused by fireworks.

The information also showed that although fire and injury prevention efforts were largely successful, the Fire Department was able to confiscate 86 pounds of fireworks during the celebration, indicating people still chose to acquire fireworks even when they are illegal in Pasadena.

The bulk of the confiscated fireworks – about 73 pounds – were of the “dangerous” category, as opposed to those considered “safe and sane.”

The Pasadena Fire Department also conducted 54 Total Emergency Responses between July 4 and 5, about five of which were fire-related, although not specifically fireworks-related.

Community Fireworks Enforcement Units, composed of Fire and Police department personnel, were actively monitoring fireworks-related incidents during the celebration, conducting operations citywide as well as at the Rose Bowl for the AmericaFest event.

The joint Fireworks Overview also stressed that a combination of press releases, press briefings, public service announcements and social media posts were used by the City to emphasize the campaign against dangerous fireworks in the City.

At the Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday, City staff – particularly from the Department of Public Works and Public Health Department – will present alternatives, both physical and non0-structural, to prevent suicides at the Colorado Street Bridge.

Records at the Pasadena Police Department and the Fire Department show that there has been a “significant increase” in rate of incidents in the first half of this year.

For the full agenda, please click here.

Details will be reported at the Committee meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, Room S249 of the Pasadena City Hall.

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