Burbank Police will not be at the Krispy Kreme in th the Empire Center Tuesday to buy a doughnut, they will be there after a Facebook page announced that the next Krispy Kreme Tuesday would take place in Burbank.
Thousands of kids and their cars showed up at The Empire Center for a social gathering in November following several social media posts that put out this was the place to be. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
The last time this unannounced event took place in Burbank, unsuspecting customers were stuck in the massive parking lot when gridlock set in. This time Burbank Police have a plan to help the evening run smooth for all involved, unless you are breaking the law.
A release put out by the department stated that “The Burbank Police Department has become aware of a “flash-mob” meeting planned for August 13, 2013 at the Krispy Kreme located in the Empire Center in the City of Burbank.
Thousands of car enthusiasts are set to invade The Empire Center again Tuesday night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
The Burbank Police Department will always respect and recognize the rights of individuals to peacefully and lawfully assemble. We also respect and recognize the need for area residents and businesses to safely utilize city streets and services. Mass gatherings can create a public nuisance, disturb the general peace, and create situations which impact the safe and efficient flow of traffic. To that end, the Burbank Police Department will be fully deployed in the area to enforce all applicable laws, including those involving illegal engine/vehicle modifications.
Let’s hope they don’t run out of maple bars.
Thousands of car enthusiasts from the group Krispy Kreme Tuesdays invade The Empire Center again. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank Police had their hands full after several thousand car enthusiasts, known as “Krispy Kreme Tuesdays,” showed up to a monthly car gathering at The Empire Center. They needed assistance from Glendale Police, Los Angeles Police Department, and even the California Highway Patrol.
Glendale Police stop several motorcyclist that were racing, and in violation of several vehicle code infractions. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Shortly after 7 p.m., the crowd (which advertises their outing through a Facebook page) grew. Burbank Police set up a command post nearby, which included gang enforcement officers. Glendale Police motorcycle officers had to close the streets leading to the center. A police helicopter was used to aid in the effort. Several pockets of people gathered and police units moved in to disperse them.
Cars leaving the center caused traffic on local streets to became totally packed. Police then found the cars leaving had gone up to the Kmart parking lot and Carl’s Jr. on San Fernando Blvd. After police moved them from those parking lots, the groups of cars wound up at the In & Out parking lot on First St., and Ralph’s parking lot on Buena Vista St. and Victory Blvd.
The area finally returned to normal around midnight, after several drivers were cited and one motorcycle was even impounded.
Cars were photographed, videoed, looked at, smiled at, and admired. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
The Burbank Police Department wants to warn citizens about the dangers of leaving children unattended in a vehicle. Not only is it dangerous, it’s against the law and is considered a form of Child Abuse. Running into the store to get milk, dropping off a letter, returning a video rental, grabbing the dry cleaning, or not wanting to disturb a sleeping child are never valid reasons to leave children unattended. Each year, hundreds of children are involved in potentially fatal accidents when left unattended.
Whether it’s from gear-shifted crashes, sweltering temperatures, locking parents out of a car, trunk entrapments, or playing with windows and getting limbs (or even necks) caught, horrific accidents can and do happen in a blink of an eye.
Waking a sleeping child or getting a toddler out of a child seat in freezing cold or less-than-ideal weather is sometimes such a hassle, when the errand can be done single-handedly within a minute or two. But, while the actions can be explained, the consequences could never ever be undone if the unthinkable does occur.
In the event that you see any activity where you believe a child may be in danger, please contact the Burbank Police Department directly at (818) 238-3000.
A quick note about sweltering temperatures:
- Temperature inside of a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees within 10 minutes, even with the windows rolled down. Prolonged heat exposure can cause the child severe medical problems, such as but not limited to; dehydration, burns, and even brain damage.