Six people get cited for illegal fireworks Wed.
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
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.
"Issuing the citations is time-consuming at a time when it is critical for officers to be available for calls," said Plack.
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
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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