- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh’s 56th annual Light Up Night is expected to draw about 300,000 people downtown and many more police than usual.

Friday’s celebration marks the beginning of the holiday season with vendors, concerts, fireworks and other events.

But with unseasonably warm temperatures forecast, public safety officials want to ensure the bigger crowds don’t draw trouble like a shooting that wounded four people moments after the city’s July 4th fireworks, or another fracas involving teenagers fighting during the Three Rivers Regatta in August.

Police will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy for people involved in disputes, and will use 20 portable light stands to illuminate darker areas of some street.

The city will also use mounted officers, K-9s and others to monitor crowds from higher positions in buildings.


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