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Burbank Mobilizes for “Krispy Kreme Tuesdays” at Empire Center

Burbank is preparing for another possible “flash mob” style gathering of automobile enthusiasts on Tuesday evening at the Empire Center.  While not sanctioned by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., the event has been promoted via social media, including Facebook which has references to the event dating from July 2011.

During the evening ever parking spot was filled with cars or people. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Back in 2012 during the evening every parking spot was filled with cars or people. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

According Sgt. Adam Cornils, Public Information Office at the Burbank Police Department, “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.”

The Burbank Police also understand the potential of several thousand automobile enthusiasts converging in an informal rally event at the Empire Center could create serious traffic issues, and possible safety issues due to the potential of illegal activities such as street racing, drifting, and burnouts.

Sgt. Cornils continued that the Burbank Police Department will be fully deployed in the area to enforce all applicable laws, including those involving illegal engine/vehicle modifications.Krispy Kreme Nite39

Burbank residents, visitors, and workers should be aware the event is planned, and avoid the area if possible.  If the car rally does occur, then it is possible the Burbank Police Department will set up access controls, possibly blocking roads or direct access to the area as needed to ensure public safety and crowd control.

In the past Burbank Police have been supported by other law enforcement agencies controlling Krispy Kreme Tuesdays, including Glendale PD and the California Highway Patrol.

You can stay informed as Krispy Kreme Tuesdays develops by monitoring the myBurbank Twitter feed @myburbanknews

Krispy Kreme Tuesdays Car Show Takes Over Empire Center Again

Thousands of spectators showed up with about 500 cars that jammed into the packed Empire Centers parking lot again this past Tuesday evening. Called Krispy Kreme Tuesdays, the event drove regular shoppers out of the lot early in the evening.Krispy Kreme Nite-2

Burbank Police motor officers were present, monitoring the situation. The parking lot is private property and the officers patrolled the streets around the center bounded by Buena Vista and Victory Boulevard. The officers enforced traffic laws when they observed violations on the city streets.Krispy Kreme Nite-3

It was determined that the crowd and the amount of cars outgrew the capacity of the parking lots and the motor officers then closed the surrounding streets. The Empire Center businesses closed at 9:00 p.m. and with all street entrances to the Center closed, many of the cars left.

Several hundred stayed behind and were seen revving engines and doing burn outs of their tires, causing smoke and the smell of rubber to fill the air.Krispy Kreme Nite-4

Burbank Police were assisted by patrol officers from Glendale Police Department, along with an air unit from Pasadena Police.

The Burbank Police motor units stayed in the area until close to 11:00 p.m. At that time, only a few stragglers remained. Officers made sure the groups didn’t descend on other empty lots in  the area.Krispy Kreme Nite-1

Krispy Kreme Tuesdays Drivers Invade Empire Center – Close Surrounding Streets

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)