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July 4th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up


From about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon until nearly 5 a.m. this morning, Lawrence Police responded on just shy of 40 fireworks complaints. For a time, around 9 p.m. last night, fireworks complaints were one right after another. A few were called in as sound of gunshots in the area. One of which, it sounded like the caller was nearly arguing with the call taker about whether the sound was of fireworks or gunshots. The caller was insisting what she heard was someone firing a gun. Like all of the rest, Police arrived and determined the sounds to be fireworks.

There were also a large number of disturbances, as there seems to be on most holidays. None of which resulted in any serious injuries.

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. LPD and LDCFM were called to respond to the 2300 block of Iowa, in front of Presto, on reports of an injury accident. Police arrived on scene of the accident which was a car versus a tractor trailer. The driver of the car was believed to be intoxicated, according to witnesses on scene. The driver was treated for what were described as serious injuries and was transported to LMH by ambulance.

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countrygal 6 years, 5 months ago

Another reason fireworks should be allowed in the city limits. Police should could be using their time for other things.

somebodynew 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, unfortunatly that is not completely true. I have been here long enough to remember when they were legal and the police STILL had to answer plenty of fireworks calls. Seems like some people can't follow what few rules there were even back then.

Plus, there are less calls for fires started by stupid use of fireworks now.

Shelly Rodriguez 6 years, 5 months ago

Agreed! The law is rediculous! If folks dont want to hear it, ear plugs are cheap!!!

Michael Rowland 6 years, 5 months ago

Ear plugs don't help prevent windows from shaking and feeling the pressure wave from the insanely overpowered stuff some people were firing off. Perhaps if some people could wrap it up at a decent hour, say midnight, rather than continuing until 2/3 AM. While the 4th is a holiday, the 5th isn't, and those of us that have to work in the morning would appreciate some sleep.

aha 6 years, 5 months ago

or, on NYE ... or, when we win a Nat'l Championship.

tankernav 6 years, 5 months ago

What is the fine for shooting off fireworks in the city? I wonder if the fine were substantial enough if it would help limit the problem?

Evan Ridenour 6 years, 5 months ago

The fine is substantial but the cops don't usually ticket you unless they have to come back again. They warn you (read: educate you on the law) and confiscate your fireworks. Everyone I know who shoots them off in the city every year does it knowing the worst that can happen is loosing whatever fireworks are left when the cops show up.

If they had to worry about the ticket they probably wouldn't do it.

jimmibling 6 years, 5 months ago

I hate the cost of fire works, and the mess they make. But I enjoy them. It's one of the only few things that give the kids, young and old alike, in this community, something to do that they all seem to enjoy outside for a few days and away from the tv and video games. Let them have fun for a few days. Its obvious that the majority wants to celebrate their countries independance. Make a list of the things kids are all able to do and enjoy in this city and ask why can't we suck it up for 36 hours or so. If you can't shoot them, why let the money grabers sell them any where close?

workinghard 6 years, 5 months ago

In a perfect world, people would be allowed to shoot fireworks for 4th of July and everyone would follow the rules. This is the real world folks, and you're angry at the wrong people. Why aren't you angry at the real people responsible for law. The ones shooting them off at 3 and 5 am and the ones still shooting them off in Aug in the middle of the night. If you could guarantee that they would only shoot them off for three days and stop between 11 pm and 7 am, people would be more open to making them legal. But many refuse to follow the rules and be considerate so everyone has to pay. Get back to us when you get everyone on board.

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