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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Holiday weekend fireworks enforcement

Posted: July 7, 2015 - 4:12pm

With fireworks being illegal in most of Johnson County, Operation 100 News reached out to several agencies after the July 4th weekend to see how many complaints were received.

Major Dan Tennis with the Shawnee Police Department says they received 68 fireworks complaints. Officers issued five citations and "about half a barrel" of fireworks were confiscated. Tennis says the barrel is estimated to be a 20-30 gallon container.

Shawnee has recently been researching legalization of some fireworks. Here's a report regarding that debate from my reporting partners at the Shawnee Dispatch.

Officer Gary Mason with the Overland Park Police Department says they received 130 calls for service regarding fireworks. Officers issued 31 citations and 26 of the citations also included fireworks being confiscated.

Deputy Claire Young with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says they received approximately 238 fireworks calls between Friday evening and Sunday evening. Deputy Young says she does not have a number of citations issued or confiscations. The Sheriff's Office handles call taking and dispatching for a large part of Johnson County. Agencies dispatched by the Sheriff's Office include the cities of De Soto, Edgerton, Fairway, Gardner, Lake Quivira, Merriam, Olathe, Mission, Roeland Park, Spring Hill, Westwood, as well as Johnson County Park Police and Johnson County Sheriff's Office in unincorporated areas of the county.

Lawrence, Lenexa, and Olathe police have not responded to the request for information.

None of the responding agencies reported any injuries related to the use of fireworks.

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