Light Up Night: Public Safety Prepares for Large Crowds

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 18, 2019) – With Light Up Night festivities planned for Friday, Nov. 22, Public Safety is preparing for large crowds at venues throughout the Downtown area.

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich welcomes residents and visitors to the events that mark the start of the holiday season in Pittsburgh.

“As a native of this region, I am very much aware that Light Up Night is a wonderful Pittsburgh tradition that is especially popular with families,” Director Hissrich said. “As Public Safety Director, I can assure everyone planning on attending that we have taken steps to make this a safe experience for all.”

As with other large events Downtown and elsewhere in the city, a significant police presence will help maintain safety, Hissrich said.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will work with partnering law enforcement agencies -- including the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Allegheny County Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Port Authority Police and State Park Rangers -- to provide uniformed and plainclothes officers throughout the venues. Mounted Units from the city, county and state will be present, as will River Rescue and the Fire Boat, Pittsburgh EMS, Pittsburgh Fire and Emergency Management. Public Safety will also utilize SkyWatch, which provides officers with a bird’s-eye view of crowds.

“We will have a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who chooses not to be law-abiding,” Hissrich said. “That means no disorderly conduct, no fighting, no public intoxication or underage drinking, and no type of violence will be tolerated.”

The weather will be seasonable with forecasted temperatures in the 40s and a possible shower.

Traffic, as always, will be a concern. Attendees are urged to be patient and to use public transportation.

Police remind the public that drones are not allowed, nor are illegal weapons. In addition, city law prohibits the use of any fireworks, even those that are legal, within 150 feet of a structure.

Public Safety wishes all a happy and safe holiday season.




Chris Togneri
Public Information Officer
Public Safety


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