Neighborhoods pitch in to fight firework celebrations
BATON ROUGE - A community is joining together to stop illegal activity on New Year's Eve.
"It's just so dangerous and we need to make sure that we are doing it safely," Goodwood Property Owners Association member, Tina Villa said. "So that means with organized groups or downtown or in areas where they are suppose to be done."
It's illegal to shoot fireworks in the Baton Rouge city limits.
The Goodwood community is already in one of the city's crime district, but members pitched in for an extra off-duty officer to patrol Wednesday night.
The plan is to make sure the only lights you see in the neighborhoods off Goodwood Avenue and Jefferson Highway are from Baton Rouge Police.
The association has more than 1,800 members, according to one of its board members.
GPOA also had the same extra patrol for Independence Day this year.