Columbia police receive more firework complaints than usual

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | 6:02 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 5, 2011

COLUMBIA — There were 337 firework complaints reported during the Fourth of July weekend — a jump from the 251 complaints last year during the same period, according to a Columbia Police Department report.

While there were 10 fatalities reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, none of those deaths occurred in Boone County, according to the state highway patrol's online traffic crash report.

The state highway patrol responded to a total of 259 crashes state-wide, with 130 people injured; there were also 168 arrests for driving while intoxicated, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. J. Tim Hull said. The number of crashes the state highway patrol responded to is down by 30 from last year. So far in 2011, there have been  fewer fatalities and four fewer injuries state-wide, Hull said.

Complete figures including all state and local law enforcement agencies will be unavailable until all crash reports have been filed, Hull said. Last year there were 1,121 crashes, 13 fatalities, 472 injuries and 169 DWI arrests, he said.

Hull said the number of fatalities may be subject to change, pending any late deaths from serious injuries.

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Jeff Perkin July 5, 2011 | 7:30 p.m.

It's the Fourth of July people...fireworks are gonna happen. To chase complaints is a horrible use of police.

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Paul Allaire July 5, 2011 | 8:00 p.m.

Send them to IRAQ!!!

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