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Police chase firework calls

By David Hotle | Jul 03, 2017



As the calendar changed to June 30, which was the first official day fireworks could be legally shot acording to a new city ordinance, the Washington County Communications Center received many calls of complaint about fireworks over the weekend that followed.

On Friday, a caller in the 900 block of East Third Street in Washington reported neighbors were shooting fireworks at their house and fence. Fireworks wwere reported being set off in the 400 block of Seventh Street in Kalona. Subjects were also reported shooting fireworks at Case Field in Washington. According to the new ordinance, people can only shoot fireworks on their own property. Subjects were also reported shooting fireworks in the 700 block of South 10th Avenue in Washington and not staying in their own yard. An officer reported getting in a foot pursuit of people shooting off fireworks on South 10th Avenue in Washington.

Several calls came in after 10 p.m., which is the cutoff time for fireworks. Subjects were reported shooting fireworks in the 300 block of West Third Street in Washington and being loud; in the 800 block of West Monroe Street in Washington; at West Jefferson Street and South B Avenue in Washington; at South Farmer and West Madison in Brighton; and in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street in Washington.

On Saturday evening, reports continued, beginning shortly after 4 p.m. when people were rpeorted lighting off firecrackers at East Madison and South Eighth Avenue. Bottle rockets were reported being shot in the 200 block of A Avenue in Kalona. Subjects were reported setting off fireworks at 10:30 p.m. in the 800 block of South Marion Avneue in Washington. They were given a verbal warning.

On Sunday evening, a subject was reported throwing fireworks at passing vehicles in the 900 block of South 11th Avenue in Washington. Fireworks were also reported being shot off in the 100 block of South Farmer Street in Brighton.

So far, the Washington Police Department has only been giving warnings and making people aware of the Washington fireworks ordinance. Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman said that could change.

“They are going to enforce it,” Goodman said. “I know they have been getting complaints but I don’t know if they have actually caught anybody in the act or not.”

On Tuesday, June 22, the Washington City Council passed an amended ordinance restricting fireworks use in Washington to between June 30 and July 8 and Dec. 31 through 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. The amended code comes after many complaints regarding the use of fireworks in Washington since the state ban on fireworks was lifted earlier this year. Council members reported receiving messages from constituents regarding fireworks use in town. Several residents also attended the meeting to ask some kind of restriction be put on fireworks use, with many saying they wouldn’t mind an outright ban on fireworks use in Washington.


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