Police Enforce July 4 Park Rules

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LAKEWOOD, OH -- Lakewood laid down the law when it came to celebrating July 4, but the extra rules did not stop anyone from having a good time.

"Some of them, I thought, were a little ridiculous," said Mary Deptowicz of Lakewood.

Some of the rules for July 4 included no pets, no propane and gas fueled grills and no tents or shelters.

Many people were aware of the rules when police were out enforcing them.

"I had an officer, she questioned me about the BBQ grill. We confronted her and told her that it is a charcoal grill. She said, "well, I'm not so sure charcoal grills are allowed," said Robert Oslin. "We told her it said on the sign no propane and generators, so we were able to come through."

"I came here this morning and there was this small sun shelter set up and police did come by and asked the people to take it down and they did," Peggy Peck said.

Police officers were covering the park on foot, by bike and even by ATV and it wasn't going unnoticed by those enjoying the park.

"You can definitely tell they are cracking down on it because they are consistently driving around, asking questions, they are interacting with people," said Andre Portis.

The park rules stated that police would be conducting searches of bags and coolers for safety reasons. The individuals we talked to said their bags were not searched.

The added security was welcomed by many especially at a park where space is limited.

"It's hard to argue with extra security because I think we are all aware of the fact when crowds gather, there is always a chance of some problem that could result in injury," Peck said.

"I expect my son to be safe and everybody be safe so if that is helping us out, I love it," said Portis.

There was no way any rules could damper the spirit of July 4.

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