More than 20 alcohol-related arrests made as Firefly begins

Festival goers lift their arms and their cell phones for Joey Purp at the Backyard stage at Firefly Music Festival at the Woodlands of Dover on Friday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — The alleged alcohol-related offenders came from as far as Great Britain and near as Frederica.

On Thursday, more than 20 cases involving supposed entry into liquor stores by underage defendants were processed through Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover.

Ron Gallo from Philadelphia performs on the Lawn stage at Firefly Music Festival at the Woodlands of Dover on Friday

According to court records, those charged also hailed from Virginia, California, New Jersey, South Carolina, Maryland, Michigan, Kansas, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Texas, with hometowns such as Roanoke, West Chester, San Antonio, Williamsburg, Garden Grove, North Myrtle Beach, McConnell Air Force Base and Livonia listed, among others.

There was just one charged offender who lived in Delaware, and the more than 20 others were out of state residents.

The Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement reported that it allocated more staff this year to patrol liquor stores as the Firefly Music Festival commenced this week and confirmed that 16 persons had been charged from Wednesday to just after noon Thursday.

Fortunately, the number of citations and violations detected dropped from the previous year despite having more personnel on the lookout for underage offenders. DATE spokesman Lt. Jim Diana said festival goers safety is greatly enhanced without underage consumption of alcohol and hoped the message to avoid it is being received.

Bass player, Joe Bisirri performs with the Ron Gallo band.

Entering a liquor store when age 20 or younger is an offense with an initial $50 ticket, plus additional court- and victim’s compensation-fund related charges.

Law enforcement pointed to signs posted at liquor stores with reminder that entering the premises when younger than 21 is forbidden by Delaware Code and comes with costly penalties.

On Thursday, a 21-year-old man from Great Britain was charged with misdemeanor buying and distributing alcohol, and a fellow 19-year-old countryman was charged with possession or consumption of alcohol.

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