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A not-so-rowdy Fourth of July

Six people get cited for illegal fireworks Wed.

Ground fireworks and campfires blaze at the south end of  Pebble Beach before the big show Wednesday night. Bryant Anderson/ Del Norte Triplicate
Ground fireworks and campfires blaze at the south end of Pebble Beach before the big show Wednesday night. Bryant Anderson/ Del Norte Triplicate
Authorities had their hands full fielding calls on the Fourth of July, but overall it was one of the more safe and sane celebrations in Crescent City in recent times.

The county’s emergency dispatch fielded 141 calls — 80 is about average for a regular day.  There were 16 calls made about illegal fireworks.

Nine arrests were made for public intoxication, and 12 people booked into the county jail from 6 p.m. to midnight.

“It was pretty reasonable,” said sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven, who heads the jail. “It was actually busier Thursday than it was Wednesday.”

The Crescent City Police Department tested out Crescent City’s  recently adopted illegal fireworks ordinance by handing out six citations that will cost the recipients $1,000 each. There were certain officers designated as zero tolerance, while others likely only warned citizens if they came across the fireworks, Plack said.

The moon rises as fireworks are launched from the jetty Wednesday night, top. Fireworks explode near the lighthouse, middle right. Spectators gather around campfires along Pebble Beach, bottom. See more Fourth photos Tuesday. Bryant Anderson/Del Norte Triplicate
The moon rises as fireworks are launched from the jetty Wednesday night, top. Fireworks explode near the lighthouse, middle right. Spectators gather around campfires along Pebble Beach, bottom. See more Fourth photos Tuesday.

“Issuing the citations is time-consuming at a time when it is critical for officers to be available for calls,” said Plack.

Bryant Anderson/Del Norte Triplicate
Bryant Anderson/Del Norte Triplicate
He opined the community seemed to have respect for the fireworks ordinance because there were fewer illegal ones in the city this year — excluding Beachfront Park.

“I do believe the reason for that is because of the educational campaign (for the fireworks ordinance) and people understanding the laws,” said Plack. “They knew there were going to be some sort of repercussions if the police were called and they were caught with illegal fireworks.”

Bryant Anderson/Del Norte Triplicate
Bryant Anderson/Del Norte Triplicate
In addition to confiscating fireworks, officers were busy responding to public disturbances, domestic disputes and fights, Plack said.

“We didn’t have any first aid calls of a serious nature,” said Plack. “I think that it was a calmer night than (recent Fourths), which I’m happy to say.”

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