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Archive for Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lawrence police stay busy with fireworks-related calls during weekend; no fires reported

Man injured in firework incident in Eudora

July 5, 2011, 2:52 p.m. Updated July 5, 2011, 3:19 p.m.

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Lawrence police were busy responding to 194 firework-related calls during the long holiday weekend, but officials said no fires or other problems were reported.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said officers were dispatched to the 194 firework-related calls between noon Friday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. Fireworks in the city are prohibited except for a few smaller novelty items, such as sparklers.

The number of calls this year was on par with previous years. Sarna said officers over the same time period around the Fourth of the July holiday responded to 179 calls in 2010, 198 in 2009 and 190 in 2008. The maximum penalty for violating the city’s code is a fine up to $200, but information about the number of firework-related citations was not available Tuesday.

Fire marshal James King, a Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical division chief, said no firework-related fires were reported in the county during the holiday weekend. King said police did confiscate illegal firework items in the city, and fire and medical helped dispose of the items safely.

In Eudora, a man injured his hand in a fireworks-related accident Saturday night in the 800 block of Acorn Street, said Sgt. Tom Willis, a Eudora police spokesman.

A Lawrence man also suffered hand injuries June 28 in an apparent fireworks related incident at a rural Baldwin City residence. He was treated and later released from Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokesman said. Sheriff’s officers had forwarded information to prosecutors for a decision about any formal charges.

Comments

droppinplates 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm not sure what the point of a ban is when it is impossible to enforce, and the police don't seem that interested anyway. There were fireworks being lit where we were Saturday night and the police showed up. They said no fireworks allowed, then left. 30 minutes later fireworks were going off all up and down the street and throughout the entire neighborhood. Never saw the police again. It's interesting how many people young and old completely disregard the law on fireworks.

FlintlockRifle 3 years, 5 months ago

Come on Mr. City Commeasures, put fireworks on your to-do-list, let people shoot them in our town====

Grundoon Luna 3 years, 5 months ago

Fire marshal James King, a Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical division chief, said no firework-related fires were reported in the county during the holiday weekend. King said police did confiscate illegal firework items in the city, and fire and medical helped dispose of the items safely.

With Beer and BBQ I assume.

sjgreen 3 years, 5 months ago

Personally, I think they should enforce the law with tickets and fines. My neighbors shoot off fireworks every year. I called the police the first few years (mostly because it was so dry I worried they would burn down my house), but they never fined them or even bothered to take their fireworks away. I finally gave up! If they're not going to enforce it, they should repeal it. At least then parents and the police wouldn't be teaching kids it's ok to break laws you don't like. (Peaceful protests are one thing, but just disregarding the law is another.)

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