Fireworks sales spark numerous calls to police departments

Fireworks burn houses, cars and injure people in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa - As firework sales in Iowa increase, so do the calls to police departments. 

So far the highest number of calls came in on Independence Day.

The Davenport Police Department received 170 calls between the night of July 4th and early morning July 5th. 

Most calls for fireworks launched after hours. 

Along with calls, there's been an increase of firework related incidents. 

"Certainly a little more now. Just the fact that it started earlier, people we're able to shoot them off earlier," says Davenport Fire Marshal Mike Hayman. 

Hayman says since the legal sale of fireworks began in Iowa this year, three people have been seriously injured. 

"Three people with what we would consider serious injuries, went to Genesis and were transported to either Iowa City or Peoria," says Hayman. 

The fire department has also tended to eight fireworks-related fires. 

"As of right now, we've had two structure fires, one vehicle fire, five outside of structures like trash fires," says Hayman.  

Besides being careful when using fireworks, people need to dispose of them properly. 

Hayman says improper disposal caused the latest house fire in Davenport. 

"Fireworks that they'd already set off and then put in the garbage can," says Hayman. "It started in the outside of the house, burned up the house and into the attic." 

With only a few days left in the summer firework sales, Hayman urges people to take proper precautions. 

"Make sure if you do set fireworks off you're supposed to be on your own property. Not in city parks, not on city property, not on your neighbors yard," says Hayman.  

This way the fire department can focus on other matters.

"While we're going on some nuisance fire calls, we could be missing something possibly more important," says Hayman.  

 


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