12 arrested for fighting at Romulus fireworks display

The Detroit News

Police rushed to the scene of the Romulus community fireworks display on Thursday night after reports of a disturbance, attendees said.

Hours after the event held near Romulus Middle School off Wick Road, watchers described a hectic scene on social media.

Ashley McGovern had been walking toward the school with her three young children just before the dusk start time of the show when the city resident said she spotted people running away.

She overhead a woman say police told her and others to stay away, so McGovern decided to stay at a yard far enough from the scene.

She and her twin sons and daughter watched the fireworks, but they noticed a heavy police presence long after the event ended.

"This is the first year since we’ve been here there was an issue," she said. "I don't know if we’ll go back again."

On Friday, Romulus police posted a statement about the fight on the department's Facebook page.

It said: "We would also like to clear up some of the misinformation that has been circulating. There were numerous fights that broke out that required police intervention, mostly involving juveniles.

"There were NO shots fired, several juveniles lit fireworks in crowds of people. There were 12 arrests made, 9 juveniles, 3 young adults. Of those 12 arrests made, 4 were Romulus residents. 1 night of poor decisions by a few is in no way indicative of the spirit of Romulus. Lets all stay RomulusStrong!!"