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Cali Owings, Published July 06 2013

Metro dispatch logs more than 200 calls about fireworks

FARGO – Some took the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day last week by having firework displays of their own. Their disgruntled neighbors took notice.

According to the Red River Valley dispatch log, 118 calls were made to local police on July Fourth to complain about fireworks activity. There were more calls in the days leading up to and after the holiday as well, with 32 on Wednesday and 52 on Friday.

Fireworks calls comprised nearly a third of all incidents on Independence Day for area police departments.

These numbers aren’t unusual for the Fourth of July – the most popular holiday for firework activity.

“All in all, it was kind of a slow year for fireworks calls,” said Sgt. Gary Bommersbach with the West Fargo Police.

Lighting off fireworks is more than a nuisance to sleeping neighbors – most are illegal.

Fireworks are banned within the city limits of Fargo and West Fargo. In Moorhead, legal fireworks include fountains that stay on the ground, sparklers and other novelty items. Explosive and aerial items are illegal.

Most officers respond to fireworks complaints with a warning, Bommersbach said. The West Fargo police did not give any citations this holiday.

Messages left with the Fargo and Moorhead police departments were not returned Saturday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Cali Owings at (701) 241-5599