Wichita’s enhanced fireworks enforcement sparked confrontations and assault

Associated Press – July 5, 2018

A fire official says Wichita’s enhanced fireworks enforcement sparked some street confrontations, including a Roman candle assault on a city firefighter.

Deputy Chief Stuart Bevis says most of the 133 people cited for illegal fireworks accepted their tickets without causing trouble. The Wichita Eagle reports that authorities enforcing the fireworks code were confronted in several cases by crowds and backed off rather than escalate the situation. He says one of his firefighters got hit over the head by an elderly lady with a Roman candle.

The city sent out 22 teams of firefighters and police officers in unmarked cars Tuesday and Wednesday. City leaders contemplated this year dropping the fireworks restrictions, but most people wanted it toughened instead. The council set the fine at $250.

 

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