Wichita cracks down on illegal fireworks

133 citations were issued

July 05, 2018 - 10:44 pm
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The city of Wichita cracked down on the use of illegal fireworks this 4th of July holiday.  The twenty-two enforcement teams made up of police officers and firefighters wrote a total of 133 citations.  

Wichita resident Jeff Allan tells KSN News, he felt angry for receiving a $250 ticket, after his son, 8, shot off a Roman candle.  "The fun was being sucked out of the Fourth of July," he said.

The Wichita Eagle reports that authorities enforcing the fireworks code were confronted in several cases by crowds, and backed off rather than escalating the situation.

One firefighter says he got hit over the head by an elderly lady with a Roman candle.

Over two-dozen people were taken to area hospitals for fireworks related injuries.  Via Christi reports treating twelve patients, 25 at Wesley.  Most were suffering from burns or blast injuries.

Also, between June 30th and July 5th, more than 1,400 fireworks related calls were made to the Sedgwick County non-emergency number. The Sheriff's department says 708 calls were made on July 4th.  

Officials said this year was the busiest the non-emergency line has ever been.
 

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