Large number of 911 fireworks calls expected throughout Fourth of July weekend
As the Fourth of July weekend begins, police are anticipating more people will call 911 to report complaints about fireworks.
Chattanooga police say they received 50 noise complaint calls between July 3 and the early morning of July 5.
In Cleveland, officers responded to more than 100 calls regarding fireworks.
“There are people that have to work the next day. You have babies that are scared of fireworks. You have animals that are scared of fireworks,” said Cleveland police spokesperson Sgt. Evie West.
Sgt. West says that does not include the number of unrelated calls officers responded to. It is why those calls are prioritized.
“We had prowlers; we had domestics; we had crashes we still had to respond to; we had alcoholic-related calls because of parties and that kind of stuff; get-togethers,” West explained. “It's a holiday and we enjoy celebrating out with our families. But, it does put a strain on law enforcement because we have to respond to all of those calls.”
It is illegal to shoot fireworks within the city of Cleveland, but Sgt. West says it can be challenging enforcing that law.
“It is an absolute impossible task to enforce that because when you get there people are already inside. You can't find them and then when you leave they come back out and they shoot fireworks again and it will continue. It will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.”
If you are caught shooting fireworks in Cleveland without a permit, you could be cited and fined at least $100. However, residents are allowed to shoot fireworks before 11:30 p.m.