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July 5, 2013

Non-emergency fireworks complaint line open until Saturday

A non-emergency line for fireworks-related complaints continues through Saturday.

A non-emergency line for fireworks-related complaints continues through Saturday.

People concerned about noise or fireworks violations may call the special line at 316-290-1011.

The line will be staffed from 6:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. through Saturday. The county started the line last year. The Fourth of July historically has been the 911 system’s busiest known night, followed by New Year’s Eve, when residents call to complain about loud parties. On the Fourth of July in 2011, two people who tried to report a motorcycle crash got a busy signal because of clogged lines. The motorcyclist later died.

A dispatch supervisor said Thursday night that she could not provide information about the number of calls to the special line or the normal 911 line. She said that information would be available Friday. Scanner traffic indicated a few small fires but nothing major. Dispatchers handling the special line last year for the Fourth of July took 377 calls.

Emergency officials are reminding people to be mindful of using fireworks around storm debris such as brush and tree limbs.

Sedgwick County has set up a place to bring storm debris on the east side of 63rd Street South and Meridian at the Big Ditch. It will be open 24 hours a day through July.

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