Curfew in effect for minors during fireworks show

Breana Noble
The Detroit News
The 59th Annual Ford Fireworks.

It's time for the fireworks show in downtown Detroit, and police warn curfews are in effect, even if the annual display is a family friendly event.

Police will enforce a curfew for unaccompanied minors Monday night downtown, officials said, even before blast-off, which begins at 9:55 p.m. "loud and roaring," sponsors promise.

The deadline for being off the street during the 60th annual  show begins for children 17 and under at 8 p.m. Monday. It ends at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation also will close roads to and from downtown throughout the evening to control traffic for the thousands of people expected to watch some pyrotechnics. Some 10,000 fireworks will blast off during the 24-minute show, Tony Michaels, Parade Company president and CEO. It's the most ever launched over the Detroit River, he said, and it's “timed to the second.” Past shows ran 15-20 minutes.

Curfew will be enforced in areas from the Detroit River in the south to Interstate 75 and Vernor Highway to the north, and between Third Avenue to the west and Chene Street to the east. Hart Plaza, which opens at 2 p.m., is an exception and will be open to minors after the curfew.

Violations carry up to $500 parental responsibility fines for parents and guardians.

Police will take lost children to Cobo Center's Atwater Lounge in the southeast corner of the Atwater Atrium.

Like Hart Plaza, the Spirit of Detroit Plaza this year also will have security, and people will have to go through a search at checkpoints, police said last week, after one woman was shot there last year. Police will also use its Real-Time Crime Center, with officers and civilians monitoring live video feeds from downtown surveillance cameras.

To control traffic flow, MDOT is closing roads and ramps to inbound vehicles from 6 p.m. to midnight, MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said. Outbound closures will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The following roads will be affected:

  • Southbound Michigan 10 between Interstate 75 and Griswold Street
  • Southbound Interstate 375 between I-75 and Beaubien Street
  • Jefferson Avenue between Griswold Street and Woodward Avenue
  • Southbound Michigan 3 ramp to southbound Interstate 375
  • Northbound and southbound I-75 ramps to southbound M-10
  • Northbound I-75 ramp to southbound I-375
  • Belle Isle Bridge closed to inbound vehicle traffic

Inbound ramp closures for 6 p.m. to midnight are:

  • Northbound and southbound Michigan 10 exit to West Jefferson Avenue
  • Mack Avenue ramp to southbound I-75
  • Forrest Street ramp to southbound M-10

Outbound ramp closures for 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. are:

  • Northbound I-75 exit to Mack Avenue
  • Mack Ave to NB I-75
  • NB M-10 exit to Forrest
  • NB I-75 exit to Warren Ave
  • Warren Avenue ramp to NB I-75