Long Beach Dispatch Center Sees 67% Increase In Calls On July 4

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - As the use of legal and illegal fireworks exploded this Fourth of July, Long Beach issued 13 fireworks-related citations and saw a 67% increase in calls to its dispatch center compared to an average day,

officials said today.

The Long Beach dispatch center handled 3,854 calls, and 1,301 prompted a response, officials said. On an average day, the center gets about 2,301 calls and about 566 prompt a response.

It was not clear how many of those calls were specifically related to reports of illegal fireworks or the several small fires reported on the Fourth of July that did not cause injury or damage to any structures, according to city officials.

On Independence Day, 13 fireworks citations were issued, officials reported. Additionally, 13 people were arrested for felonies and 10 for misdemeanors, for various offenses.

In the weeks before the holiday, 59 fireworks-related citations were issued in Long Beach. City officials also said they recovered 808 pounds of fireworks during peak firework season between May 22, the start of Memorial Day weekend, and July 4.

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