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APD: Be mindful of curfews

ALBANY, Ga. -- Public events such as the Fourth of July fireworks show in downtown Albany, police say, can be used to remind people of the curfews set for area youth.

Following the fireworks show, which took place in the Albany Civic Center vicinity, there were 75 to 100 children waiting to be picked up from the festivities.

The last child was not picked up until 12:30 a.m. the fireworks ended around 10 p.m.

"There were some parents that did not pick up their children (on time)," said Capt. Reginald Brown of the Albany Police Department. "It is possible we will be charging children and parents (if problems continue).

"We will also do a better job of letting people know when events end."

Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD, said authorities will likely look at charging people for curfew violations following next year's Fourth of July celebration.

Beyond that, there was nothing of significance that took place during the fireworks show with the exception of a saggy pants violation, interference with a police officer and a report of a fight that later turned out to be unfounded.

The curfew, which applies to people under 18, prohibits children from being out from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. on weekdays and midnight to 6 a.m. on weekends unless the minor is accompanied by parent or guardian who is 21 or older, is on an emergency errand for a parent or guardian, is returning home from work or is traveling from an activity involving First Amendment rights or a religious rally or service.