LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — In response to complaints from residents, Lawrence police cracked down on violators of the city’s ban on fireworks this year.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1oGTBpr ) police issued 34 citations for violating the citywide ban on fireworks in the week between June 30 and July 6. That’s 10 times more than the average of three citations in previous years.
Police spokesman Trent McKinley says officers responded to 226 calls about fireworks this year, up from the average of 204 calls between 2008 and 2013.
The department assigned several officers to fireworks calls this year. McKinley says that and a slower-than-normal July 4 evening contributed to more citations.
Lawrence banned fireworks within city limits in 2002 but has done little to enforce the ban in previous years.