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East Moline Police on Fireworks Safety Patrol


Families across the QCA turn out for the "light and sound" shows every year. And every year, experts tell you to leave those to the pros. But every year, area police and firefighters respond to hundreds of calls in the weeks and days surrounding the 4th. The problem they say, not the snakes and sparklers you can buy at local stores, but the big fireworks that explode. Those can be dangerous and they are illegal.

East Moline Sgt. Chad Brodersen says, "Some come in as shots fired complaints, some come in as noise complaints. But we'll on average get half a dozen to 20 a day probably." He tells us typically, "It's getting late at night, the fireworks are getting loud, and there's a safety concern and a fire hazard if you continue to light them off. But we saw it happen in the early evening. We heard the explosions with the sun still high in the sky.

Sgt. Brodersen, talking to one homeowner and confiscating some bottle rockets. He says, "He's 
got some children around. It seems harmless, but again, we don't want anybody to get hurt." He says that happens every year. "Where individuals have injured their hands from explosives or other parts of their bodies." That's a worst-case scenario. And while there is always that chance, most times no one is hurt. There is just a whole lot of noise.

But officers respond to each call. And if one comes in as shots fired, multiple officers respond, straining resources already stretched thin. "We could be on one end of town doing a fireworks complaint," Brodersen says. "And a serious accident occurs on the Avenue and our response time is delayed."

It's why he talks to each resident, sharing the same message. Leave the fireworks to the pros.
"There's really no need for the public to do fireworks at home when they can come down here and enjoy such a great show," Brodersen says.

And he reminds us, those big fireworks at home are illegal. Cities across our area have ordinances against them. In East Moline, a possession or discharge ticket will cost you between 100 and 500 dollars. And it could cost even more. Police will confiscate any fireworks you have left.



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