Fireworks-related arrests up from last year

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | 6:05 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The number of fireworks-related complaints police received over the Fourth of July holiday weekend was similar to that of last year. But more arrests were made related to the possession or discharge of fireworks this year, according to a news release from Columbia Police Department.

This was the first year of a Columbia ordinance that prohibits fireworks possession in the city.

Police received 273 complaints of fireworks and made 10 arrests in seven separate incidents between July 3 and July 7, the release stated. Those arrested were released on a summons to appear in Columbia's Municipal Court.

During the same period last year, the police received 279 complaints and made one arrest. 

In October, the Columbia City Council passed ordinance 16-234, which prohibits fireworks possession within the city limits. Previously, police could issue a citation only if they witnessed the actual use of fireworks.

 Supervising editor is Katie Moritz.

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Ken Geringer July 9, 2013 | 6:36 p.m.

This is a much better use of the police power than chasing after the pot people. Fireworks actually hurt people.

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