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Lakewood, Ohio Bans Fireworks, Drinks, Grills, Pets, Tents, Sports on 4th of July

Lakewood, Ohio, is banning fireworks, drinks, grills, pets, tents, sports and more during its Fourth of July celebration in Lakewood Park.

What will be included on Independence Day are mandatory bag searches by police.

“There are more people at Lakewood Park for the Fourth of July than at any other time during the year,” Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers told the Lakewood Observer. “Safety is our first priority. These added security measures will help to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.”

However, the Fourth Amendment might protect citizens from bag searches by police.

According to the Lakewood Observer, the entire banned list for this "enjoyable Fourth of July" includes:

All generators, propane and gas fueled grills are prohibited.
All tents and shelters are prohibited.
Police will be conducting searches of bags and coolers for reasons of public safety.
No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time throughout the year.
No personal fireworks. This includes novelty fireworks like sparklers.
No dogs or pets of any kind will be permitted in the park on July 4th.
The skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts and Kid’s Cove playground will be closed at 7:00 p.m.

Source: Lakewood Observer

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