Thursday, July 3, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Thousands are expected to turn out for Augusta's fireworks show in downtown.
The Sheriff's Office is hitting the streets big time to control the crowds. The city of Augusta expects at least 10,000 people from across the are to visit downtown to see the lights.
"I'm afraid. I feel like I would be a target. I know there's going to be some kind of crime," said Augusta Resident Barbra Kimsey.
Barbara Kimsey has lived in Augusta for more than 30 years. She says she avoids large crowds like what's expected for downtown Augusta. Kimsey says her daughter in law was hit by a pick pocketed.
"My daughter in law lost her identity which came from a pocket theft," said Kimsey.
The Richmond County Sheriff's office is hoping to keep that from happening. Lt. Lewis Blanchard said they'll have several deputies working special duty for the firework show and all around downtown.
"Various divisions including road patrol will be out around almost every block," said RCSO LT. Lewis Blanchard.
After the show, they'll have deputies on broad street for First Friday and the rest of the night. The sheriff's office is also bringing in more than 40 deputies from surrounding agencies to do rolling checkpoints on the streets all weekend.
Things are quiet on ninth and broad street but it's the exact spot where six people were shot after the first Friday events in July. The sheriff's office says they're working to prevent that from happening.
Two of the six victims were teens and because of that deputies will be enforcing the curfew which is 12 midnight for anyone 17 and under. The Sheriff's Office says they're working around the clock to keep everyone safe.