Celebration of Light 2014: Top 7 violations on 1st night

The Vancouver Police Department says the first show in the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks series was relatively quiet — for a crowd of 250,000.

Celebration of Light continues with Team France on July 30, ends with Team Japan on Aug. 2

The Vancouver Police Department says the first show in the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks series was relatively quiet — for a crowd of 250,000.

Hundreds of officers were briefed hours before the event to help keep the streets and beaches safe.

With 30 minutes to go before the 10 p.m. launch by Team USA, VPD Chief Jim Chu tweeted that the crowds were mostly well-behaved, and that officers were running in fewer problems than previous years.

VPD Spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham said most people had cleared the beaches by 11 p.m. PT, and there where "no incidents of note."

"There were few disruptions and people appeared to have enjoyed themselves at the family-oriented event," Fincham said in a written statement.

Still, police officers stationed in the West End, at Kits Point and in other public spaces used by fireworks-viewers enforced some laws and took some action to keep the peace.

Here are the top seven police actions reported by the VPD for the July 26th fireworks show:

  1. Liquor pour outs: 239
  2. Violation tickets issued: 53
  3. Liquor seizures: 48
  4. Breach of the peace arrests: 17
  5. By-law tickets issued: 7
  6. Weapons seized: 2
  7. Arrests for public intoxication: 1

​Fincham said there were no other arrests tied to the event.

Vancouver's 24th annual Celebration of Light continues Wednesday, July 30, with team France and finishes on Saturday, Aug. 2, with team Japan.

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