Orderly Exodus from Hoboken

Macy’s Fireworks in Hoboken: “Orderly Exodus”

In case you didn’t stay behind last week to watch the Macy’s Fireworks in Hoboken – this is what a typical intersection looked like after the show was over. People calmly walking back to their cars, no disorderly riots, etc. In fact this particular spot only had one cop working. He really didn’t even have to be there, because the overwhelming majority of people have no desire to be disruptive or act in nefarious ways (cops or not).

It was reported by many casual observers that the town had a semi-police state. Even chasing seniors away from the waterfront walkway after the fireworks (which is supposed to be public).

I can understand a bit of “traffic control” to help facilitate an orderly exodus from Hoboken, but do you think that “lock down” was even necessary?

Orderly Exodus from Hoboken NJ after Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:19 pm

HPD did a great job. As far as moving people away from the waterfront, we don’t have enough cops to keep an eye on hundreds of people hanging on the waterfront while also facilitating traffic out of town. It’s best to move everyone off the waterfront to concentrate on the rest of town.

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