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The original item was published from 7/6/2020 12:06:32 PM to 9/4/2020 1:49:58 PM.



Posted on: July 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Uptick in illegal fireworks this year


The weight of illegal fireworks seized for both Friday and Saturday was 235 pounds. No citations were issued. The majority of the calls were cleared with information and education provided and people advised. The majority of public contact was a positive interaction. All seized illegal fireworks were given voluntarily to Metro Explosives Disposal Unit.

The number of illegal commercial grade fireworks (most likely purchased out of state) that were aerial fireworks increased this year. 

2020 - Central Lane 911 calltakers were busy with more than 116 calls for service regarding illegal fireworks between 8 p.m. July 4 and 2 a.m. July 5. 

 Years – Calls regarding illegal fireworks
 July 4, 2020 - 116 calls for service
 July 4, 2019 – 40 calls for service
 July 4, 2018 – 114 calls for service
 July 4 2017  - 77 Calls for Service
 July 4, 2016 - 82 calls for service

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