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Fights break out downtown during fireworks

— According to city officials, a series of fights in Turtle Park delayed the firing of the city's July 4 grand fireworks finale. Officials organizing the event said the crowd had to be dispersed at Turtle Park, reportedly using pepper spray.

It was not confirmed, but there were concerns that the sounds from the fireworks finale may mask gunshots, and the show was delayed. Turtle Park was cleared and traffic escorted out. This led to confusion downtown as thousands of people tried to leave at once although police presence was heavy in the area. Scattered fights continue to break out as people were leaving. There were no confirmed gunshots.

The finale resumed around 10:30 p.m.

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putout 1 year, 9 months ago

Once again--Albany's thugs ruined a great family event. When is enough going to be enough. Is Albany really gone as we once knew it???

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Albanite 1 year, 9 months ago

The line that says it all: " there were concerns that the sounds from the fireworks finale may mask gunshots."

Welcome to "Thug Hood Life City"!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Absolutely out of control. Just like the city government. Just like the DCSS. Just like the idiotic "Supporters of Mah Bruh's " on this online blog........Just like the State of Georgia. Just like the Department of Justice. Just like the White House.

LORD PLEASE COME DOWN AND HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T WE ARE ALREADY IN HELL AND BEYOND YOUR HELP, LORD!!!!!!!!!!

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 9 months ago

One of the things I don't understand is why at 10:50 did they finally set off the rest of the fireworks? Everyone had already gone home... some of us have to work the next day. Couldn't they have saved it for another time?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

What a very sad day. Night events downtown will never work short of having the national guard line our streets and parks. The shameful factor is that the civil upheaval and government dysfunction are remedial but for the self-serving leaders who can't see beyond their appetites. The firework video above looks like it could have been a spectacular family event. Thanks for including it.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 9 months ago

Exactly why I have not been to the fireworks downtown in years.

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agirl_25 1 year, 9 months ago

Exactly why my family and I don't go to downtown events in Albany in the evening, and won't......EVER.

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urbanpurpose 1 year, 9 months ago

Actually, Night events downtown have been very sucessful. I reguarlly attend Movies in the Park during the summer. We have never experienced an issue. We also have been attendinig the deck of arts event the City has every last friday. Never have I felt unsafe or not had an amazing time. I personally feel its unfair to say downtown is the problem.

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hayward2 1 year, 9 months ago

they said on the news last night that most of the fighting was from juveniles.I guess their worthless parents dropped them off for the city to babysit them.they had parties to go to and didn't want their "chirrenns"tagging along! par for the course in this"minority run" town...oh wait...just who is the minority now??only way I'd attend any dowtown function here is ARMED!!

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whattheheck 1 year, 9 months ago

An unusually spirited celebration in the Good Life City. However, since there were only fights and no one was actually shot, the spin doctors will still claim "downtown Albany, is the place to be". When the sun sets, the only way I will see anything downtown is on television with the nightly crime report.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

They had that musicfest event last year and fights broke out in Turtle Park. This isn't the first time. It's getting to the point where you will have to say "No Children allowed without their parents or Adult guardian"

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

Unfortunately, VSU, that will compound the problem as the parents/guardians will just join in the fights.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

You know I was thinking the same thing and almost wrote that but decided not to. How many times have we heard about a child being disciplinded and the parents take sides with their children. That is why they can't be taught manners and right from wrong because some of the parents are just as bad if not worse.

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Progressive 1 year, 9 months ago

What a sad day for this community to put up with irresponsible people on a day that is supposed to be honoring the birth of our country and freedom. Maybe those involved in the fights should be held for their parents to pick them up. But the parents have to pay a fine of $200 to get their precious chillens. Then post their pictures in the paper (both parents and their precious ones who make them so proud).

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Albanite 1 year, 9 months ago

As ALWAYS, Albany State is at ground zero for another moment in Black Culture. If decent law-abiding citizens want a safe place to live and work and celebrate safely, either relocate the City of Albany or relocate ASU. Northwest Albany secession and reformation as a different entity is an idea whose time has obviously come.

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

It's very sad to me that I can't share a favorite childhood memory with my daughter by going to the fireworks. Although I have been to Disney events at the Civic Center and never felt scared and have been to Turtle Park in the day time, because of what I see and hear, there are always a LARGE number of arrests at the fireworks, no matter what day of the week the 4th falls on, although obviously, weekends are even worse. Juveniles and younger adults are most often involved, but adults who should know better are too. It's a shame because the displays costs a lot of money, and there are a lot of cities that didn't even have them this year. It's really pathetic.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

Someone on the other story wrote a post suggesting they move the fireworks to the fairgrounds, which may not be too bad of an idea, like he or she said it would not prevent all trouble but the ones that walk there or hang out in that area would have to drive over there. Perhaps charge a fee and make sure no guns or knives are brought in. It's a shame that you would have to do at the fireworks what they do at the courthouse or airport just to see what should be a friendly family event. This is what happens when you have a city filled with irresponsible people.

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cdeiter1 1 year, 9 months ago

This is why I no longer like in Albany. Why do you?

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

My question is where is the outrage from our Black Leadership? Preachers should be leading the outrage that our youth are allowed to misbehave in public. With enough peer pressure these fights could be stopped and allow everyone to feel safe Downtown. It is a shame our leaders are not speaking out for a safer Downtown while speaking about how much more money they want spent to entice people to come downtown. The dollars will never make up the negative perceptions.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

You know the answer to that.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 9 months ago

<p>Worldnetdaily.com cited this "incident" along with several others across the nation with one thing in common...young blacks were disrupting celebrations. According to the article, there were 85 officers involved that "lost control of the crowd" in Albany. Before you call me a racist, as one eye witness said, "...so how many white kids did you see running around destroying property?" 85 officers couldn't control the crowd? How may were arrested? I hope a complete story will follow.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

It is a shame these youth are destroying what little sense of Community and patriotism Albany has left. It is basically “civilization envy” or “cultural envy” and because these kids have no civilization in their lives they try to destroy what others have and drag them down to their level.

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