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Lawrence police hand out 10 times as many fireworks citations as usual over July 4 holiday

July 8, 2014

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Catching someone shooting off fireworks is a tricky thing.

In the weeklong period surrounding the Fourth of July holiday from 2008 to 2013, on average, Lawrence police responded to 204 fireworks calls and handed out three citations per year.

Then there was 2014.

Amid increased calls from residents for enforcement of the city-wide fireworks ban, the Lawrence Police Department upped its batting average. In fact, it did 10 times better than usual.

From June 30 through July 6, officers responded to 226 fireworks calls and dished out 34 citations, according to Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.

McKinley said the department assigned several officers to specifically handle fireworks calls this year. That and a slower-than-normal July 4 evening contributed to more citations, he said.

Police Chief Tarik Khatib last week said he would try to emphasize enforcement of the fireworks ban and deploy 27 on-duty officers the night of July 4 (a normal Friday night calls for 18).

Lawrence banned fireworks within city limits back in 2002, but that has done little to dissuade residents from celebrating Independence Day with backyard pyrotechnics. After last weekend, at least 34 residents may take the ban more seriously in future years.

Comments

Munchma Quchi 1 year ago

And the overall effect of these citations: sweet f#@k all. Not only do the citations produce such a minor effect as to have no impact whatsoever, they don't even amount to a decent revenue stream for the city.

Leslie Swearingen 1 year ago

I agree with you Ms. Quichi and I know how much your son Suq loves those fireworks. It has been proven though research that when people are unable to shoot off fireworks they shoot off their mouth to the detriment of all. Far more dangerous to talk.

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