(2:58 PM) JPD Receives Dozens Of Complaints For Fireworks

A child watches fireworks in Lakewood on the Fourth of July. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

The Jamestown Police Department received 53 complaints of illegal fireworks in the city between June 29 and Friday, only a slight decrease from last year.

Capt. Robert Samuelson, division commander of the JPD, said most of the complaints received by police were due to noise. He said no one was arrested over the Independence Day holiday due to use of illegal fireworks, but noted that several warnings were issued.

Most of the complaints, Samuelson said, were unfounded, meaning no one was around when an officer responded.

Last year, officers received 57 separate complaints of illegal fireworks between July 1-6. Of those, 45 complaints were handled by officers working the 3-11 p.m. shift, and 11 on the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

Samuelson said he witnessed “multiple fireworks being shot off from all over the city” while working several nights this week.

“The fireworks of all types are illegal in the city to use due to the fire danger,” he said. “Fireworks are dangerous and it takes us away from our other duties. They are a nuisance.”