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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The New Year's festivities in Charlotte this year are now classified as an Extraordinary Event.
Interim Charlotte City Manager Julie Burch made the declaration Monday morning. The City Manager's Office and CMPD determined the New Year's events meet the criteria defined in Charlotte City Code Sec. 15-310.
The ordinance was adopted by Charlotte City Council in January.
An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city.
The affected area for New Year's includes:
The intersection of 7th Street and North Church Street to the intersection of South Church Street and Stonewall Street
Stonewall to South Davidson Street
South Davidson Street to 7th Street
7th Street to North Church Street
During an Extraordinary Event, the following items are prohibited:
Bars, chains, shafts, cables, or plastic pipe capable of inflicting serious injury
A container or object of sufficient weight that may be used as a projectile, or that contains objects that may be used as a projectile that could inflict serious injury to a person or damage property
An aerosol container, spray gun or soaker device
A paint gun, etching materials, spray paint container, liquid paint or marker containing a fluid that is not water soluble
A backpack, duffle bag, satchel, cooler, or other item carried with the intent to conceal weapons or other prohibited items
A glass or breakable container capable of being filled with a flammable or dangerous substance carried with the intent to inflict serious injury to a person or damage to property
A sharp or bladed object such as a box cutter, utility knife, ice pick, or axe
A hammer or crow bar
Pepper spray, mace or any other irritant carried with the intent to delay, obstruct or resist the lawful orders of a law enforcement officer
Body armor, shield, helmet, protective pads, or gas masks carried or worn with the intent to delay, obstruct or resist the lawful orders of a law enforcement officer
A mask or scarf worn with the intent to hide one's identity while committing a crime
A police scanner
Rocks, bottles, objects, bricks, or pieces thereof that are of sufficient weight or design as to cause serious injury to a person if thrown at or struck upon another
A device used to shoot, hurl, or project a missile of any description capable of inflicting serious injury to a person
A "sock" or "pocket" containing material of sufficient weight as to cause serious injury to a person if thrown or struck upon another
Fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers and stink bombs
An animal unless specifically allowed as a service animal used to assist a person with a disability. However residents will be able to walk their dog within the extraordinary event boundaries without fear of arrest.