Lexington Firefighters Planning to Deter Dangerous NCAA Tournament Celebrations

Lexington firefighters are hoping to head off out of control celebrations should the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team go deep in the NCAA Tournament, reports wkyt.com (http://bit.ly/1AEmnKo)

The NCAA Men’s Final Four isn’t until April 4. Despite being months away there are some fans in Kentucky who already expect UK to be playing in it. If they do, Lexington firefighters are hoping they can prevent scenes similar to the ones that played out when the team won the championship in 2012

“We’ve looked back over previous years and tried to identify the possible problems that could pop up, put some extra attention on those areas,” said Battalion Chief Joe Best.

Those areas often pop up near campus at places like State and Elizabeth Streets. Firefighters hope getting the word out now can cut down on the potential for harm while still allowing fans to celebrate. They’ve already ordered fliers and door hangers to distribute to people living in that area.

“Things like not bringing glass to the celebrations, not igniting furniture or clothing,” Best said. “The danger of fireworks, if it goes up it must come down.”

While firefighters plan on talking to the people living near campus they know a lot of the people who go there to celebrate are arriving from somewhere else. They planning on using social media to reach those people.

“Nobody is more happy than us when UK wins, also we’re happy when the celebrations are safe and that’s all we’re trying to do,” Best said.


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