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Detroit Fireworks Go Off After Rain Passes Downtown

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out downtown Detroit.

June 24, 2019 - 10:04 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Hundreds of thousands of people turned out in downtown Detroit for the 61st annual Detroit Fireworks. 

Despite on-and-off rain throughout the night, the fireworks promptly went off at 9:55 p.m.

There had not been any reports of arrests at the time the show began.

A storm moved through downtown, but passed by about an hour before the show started. Light showers were scattered across the area throughout the night.

Ahead of the event, Tony Michaels, CEO of the Parade Company, which produces the event, said the event would be the best the city has ever seen.

"This is a world-class event right here in our home, and it means so much to bring people together," Michaels said. "We look forward to one of the most spectacular Ford Fireworks displays and an incredible night in the city of Detroit.”

The City is enforcing a curfew for minors, ages 17 and under, that will be in effect from 8 p.m. on June 24 until 6 a.m. on June 25 for the area bounded by the Detroit River, Third Street, Lodge Freeway, Fisher Freeway, the extension of Fisher Freeway east to Gratiot Avenue, Gratiot Avenue, Vernor Highway, Chene Street, Atwater Street and Chene Park.

Minors are welcome to view the fireworks from any approved public area.  However, for their safety, minors must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult (age 21 or over) if they choose to view from within the curfew boundaries. Minors will be allowed to travel to and from work, school, church or organized activities.

Minors in violation of the curfew will be taken to the Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive.  Minors will be held there until picked up by a parent or guardian.  The parent or guardian also may receive a parental responsibility violation ticket.