Pittsburgh preparing for Light Up Night amid safety concerns

The lights are up and ready to be lit for the annual Pittsburgh tradition of Light Up Night.

“It used to be a tradition, we’d always come down when our kids were little and we were thinking about coming back again for this weekend,” said Greg Magnus.

But Magnus, like many other Pittsburghers, may be rethinking their weekend plans.

“After the violence, we are kind of contemplating what we are going to do,” said Magnus.

The shootings continue to hit closer to home for many, with innocent people getting hurt.

The Smithfield Street shooting that occurred yesterday left a woman walking the street with a gunshot wound.

When it comes to the city’s response to that violence and Light Up Night, there wasn’t much of an answer to the problem.

“I can’t make any comments on the uptick in violence, that is not my area, but I can tell you that we are taking all efforts to make sure this is a safe family event. Are there guarantees? No, I can’t make any, but rest assured we are not taking this lightly,” said Pittsburgh Emergency Management Coordinator Darryl Jones.

As for the security plan, we are told officers will work 12-hour shifts with assistance from the sheriff’s office and state police.

There will also be temporary light fixtures to help provide more visuals for both patrons and police in crowded areas.

“I want you to come down and have a good time. If I have to warn you about anything, it’s to be patient, because it will be heavy traffic,” said Jones.

While no arrests have been made yet in the downtown shooting, police believe it was an isolated incident and want the public to feel safe coming to these events.

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