NORTH COVENTRY PA – Continued concerns over air quality have prompted the North Coventry Police Department to reschedule its popular “Cops and Cones” event for June 14 (2023; Wednesday) beginning at 6 p.m. at the Coventry Ice Cream Parlor, 653 Laurelwood Rd.
The department earlier this week announced its plans to postpone the event, which had been scheduled for Wednesday (June 7), as a result of poor and potentially dangerous air quality levels. They resulted from local smoke pollution attributed to burning wildfires in Canada.
“We are hoping this will give enough time to clear the smoke conditions in the area out,” the department wrote Thursday on its CrimeWatch website. “As much as we were hoping to have the event last night or (Thursday night), we know the safety of all attending is much more important!,” it added.
As for the June 14 date, the department pledged “It will be a great time! We hope to see you all there and thank you for your understanding!”
- Read an earlier story (below), published June 7 by Travels With The Post, about the postponement.
Poor Air Quality Postpones NorCo Police Fun Event
NORTH COVENTRY PA – The return of the North Coventry Police Department’s popular “Cops and Cones” event, which was scheduled for Wednesday evening (June 7, 2023), has been postponed due to poor air quality as a result of smoke in the area from Canadian wildfires.
The department’s announcement, on its CrimeWatch website, included a cell phone screenshot (at right) that demonstrated breathing local air was “very unhealthy.” The department acknowledged the “unforeseen air quality” could pose problems for potential participants, and delayed the third annual ice cream outing.
Canadian officials told the Associated Press this is shaping up to be the nation’s worst wildfire season ever. It started early on drier-than-usual ground and accelerated very quickly, the news service reported. On Tuesday (June 6) more than 100 were burning and considered out of control. Smoke from blazes in various parts of the country has been wafting into the U.S. since last month, it added.
Given that background, “we will make a decision and alert everyone regarding using tomorrow as the event date” by no later than Thursday (June 8) by noon, the department added. “If we feel tomorrow is also unsafe, we will let everyone know what date we will be using in the future.”
It also encouraged area residents “to do activities inside while the air quality rating is so poor.” It urged people to “stay safe, and we look forward to spending an evening with everyone when it is safe for everyone to do so.”
Photo from the 2022 Cops and Cones event by Travels With The Post
Screenshot provided by the North Coventry Police Department