September 22, 2014

No fireworks injuries, property damage reported over weekend

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Fireworks complaints kept area law enforcement officials busy over the Fourth of July weekend, but no injuries nor structural damage were reported.
According to Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, officers responded to 59 fireworks related complaints between June 29 and July 6.
No citations were issued.
Although fireworks are illegal within Gardner city limits, catching culprits in the act can be difficult.
“As soon as they see the (police) car they usually stop, and we have to actually see them igniting the fireworks,” Spalding said.
Tom Erickson, public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies responded to 26 fireworks related complaints in Edgerton and the rural areas surrounding Gardner.
Fireworks are legal in Edgerton during certain hours over the Independence Day holiday.
It was not known at press time whether deputies issued any citations.
“It was pretty typical,” Erickson said of the holiday weekend.
Kirk Keller, battalion chief for Johnson County Fire District No. 1, said firefighters received no fireworks related calls over the holiday weekend.
No fireworks related injuries nor property damage was reported.
Attempts to contact Spring Hill police for information were unsuccessful at press time.

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