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Archive for Monday, July 6, 1992

FIRE, POLICE OFFICERS REPORT QUIET WEEKEND

July 6, 1992

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Fourth of July fireworks didn't spark much additional activity for Lawrence fire and police officers over the weekend.

Fire Chief Jim McSwain said the rain Saturday soaked the ground and structures enough to reduce the risk of fireworks-related fires.

"Due to the moisture we did not have many incidents related to fireworks," he said.

There were several dumpster fires Friday that might have been caused by fireworks, McSwain said, but added, "We just had a few runs. Normally we have many more than this."

Each year the most destructive type of fireworks is the bottle rocket, McSwain said. It is a misdemeanor to sell, possess or discharge bottle rockets in Kansas, he said, "but they always seem to appear."

At least one Lawrence resident was issued a notice to appear in court for discharging bottle rockets during the weekend.

The Lawrence Police Department was called to a mobile home park at 1900 W. 31st. A park resident told police that a small fire, which had been quickly extinguished on top of the mobile home, had been triggered by a bottle rocket.

Police Sgt. Mark Warren said officers didn't receive many complaints about illegal fireworks.

"Ninety-nine percent of the complaints are handled by the officer who has to go by and talk to somebody and get them straightened out," he said.

In most cases, Warren said, complaints were about people using fireworks late at night.

McSwain said there were no fire-related problems with the Lawrence Jaycees fireworks show Sunday night at Burcham Park.

"We've never had a problem with the fireworks show," the chief said. "That's the least of our worries."

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