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SAVANNAH, GA (July 2, 2015): Savannah Impact Program is planning a back-to-school party and the public is being invited to participate.

SIP staff members have placed a Mini container at their office at 33rd and Drayton streets until July 31 and they are asking the public to “Stuff the Container”, donating back-to-school items, food and uniforms that can be shared with those in need of them August 4.

That is when SIP will hold its National Night Out event – one of the largest in the state – to help ready students for school that starts two days later, and to help provide food for the hungry.

“The start of school can be a challenging time for families that must provide their children with supplies and uniforms, items that can really tax the budget,” said Lt. Ramona Famble, interim director of SIP. “We are trying to provide as many kids as we can with as many items as possible to help them through these times.”

SIP staff plans to make a party of it. They will kick off the school year with a cookout in which donated school supplies and uniforms will be made available to participants. Details on the event will be announced later.

“We are asking people to bring school supplies, from back packs, to crayons, pencils and pens, paper, notebooks and the normal things students will need,” Famble said. “We know that kids grow quickly in the school years and many of them have outgrown uniforms. We want families to provide gently worn uniforms that can be provided to other students. Perhaps some of them can also pick up uniforms that fit them now in the process. Those items can be a huge benefit to a family’s budget.”

SIP also plans to provide bags with food items for the homeless from the donation of canned goods, hygiene supplies, toilet paper and other items as well.

Items can be dropped off at the SIP location from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday.

SIP is a specialized unit within the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, primarily focusing on high risk and at risk youth and adults. The SIP collaborative is comprised of sworn and civilian police personnel as well as numerous community supervision agencies to include the Georgia Department of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Parole, Chatham County Juvenile Court and the Department of Juvenile Justice. It is located at 1700 Drayton Street.

For more information, call SIP at (912) 651-4350 ext. 2950.
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SAVANNAH, GA (July 2, 2015): Unsecured tanks containing volatile substances have been identified as the cause of an explosion in downtown Savannah that caused no serious injuries.

Explosive Ordnance Device detectives traced the cause to an open valve on one of the tanks on the back of the pickup truck that ignited when the truck made an abrupt stop, jostling the items in the bed .

The ensuing explosion littered the first block of Montgomery Street with flattened sheet metal, tools and other items. Several vehicles parked in the area sustained slight damage, along with damage to the Hilton Garden Inn hotel.

“We were very fortunate that no pedestrians or drivers were in the area at the time,” said Downtown Precinct Capt. Ben Herron. “Had this happened on a weekend we could have had a large crowd in the area.”

The explosion was reported at 8:47 p.m. as a white Ford F-150 pickup containing air conditioning equipment and supplies attempted to turn into the lane behind the hotel. When Theodore John Froehlich II, 56, of Gulfport, MS, driver of the truck, stopped for a small SUV trying to back up in front of him, an explosion occurred.

A bystander with military training pulled the driver from the vehicle and Savannah Fire and Rescue vehicles responded as police cordoned off a six-block area. Froehich was determined to have only a small cut on his forearm and no other injuries were reported. Firefighters quickly confirmed that no hazardous chemicals remained on the scene.

Tanks in the truck were filled with acetylene, oxygen, carbon dioxide and refrigerant. The truck is owned by Tidewater, Inc.
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Tanner BignaultCraig A Bignault Sr. Owned by tidewater??3 days ago
Craig A Bignault Sr.$$$$$cleanup3 days ago   ·  1
Pat SmithDriver should be on the hook, it's the drivers responsibility to make sure load is secure.3 days ago
James FarleyI agree. Thats on the driver. 100 percent avoidable. Carelessness and incompetent on the driver.3 days ago

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