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The City of Wichita and Sedgwick County had a busy few days dealing with fireworks complaints and fires.

The non-emergency nuisance call line received 826 calls through Tuesday night with noise and other fireworks complaints.

But officials report that the emergency 911 calls were up to 2000 a day versus a regular load of 1500.

Five fires were started last night, including one reported in a truck bed while the truck was driving down the road. Another fire was started on the exterior wall of a garage.

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Sedgwick County fire officials are issuing a reminder about the dangers of fireworks and hand-held sparklers that are often used to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

Division Chief Robert Timmons of Sedgwick County Fire District 1 says keeping a bucket of water nearby will help prevent injuries and fires during home celebrations.

Sparklers may seem like a less-risky firework alternative, but Timmons says it’s important to remember that sparklers burn at 1200 degrees, which is hotter than the temperatures needed to burn wood.

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Sedgwick County will once again be staffing a special phone line to handle fireworks complaint calls during the Fourth of July holiday period.

The county’s Emergency Communications Department is offering a non-emergency phone number--316-290-1011--as an alternative to 911 for nuisance calls.

That way, people who have complaints about parties, excessive noise or illegal fireworks won’t block emergency calls from reaching dispatch.

Fire Marshal Stuart Bevis says common courtesy goes a long way this time of year.

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Fireworks tents are up, and starting Tuesday, customers can legally buy fireworks and set them off during the next week.

This Fourth of July tradition also comes with a safety reminder from the Wichita Fire Department.

The City of Wichita has a stricter fireworks law than neighboring cities in Sedgwick County.

Fire Chief Stuart Bevis says only items that are tested by the fire department and don’t shoot sparks more than six feet in any direction are legal in Wichita.

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Updated July 5: Sedgwick County Emergency Communications reported receiving the following number of calls over the July 4th weekend:

Nuisance complaints to the non-emergency line:

  • 6:30 p.m., July 3, to 3 a.m., July 4 – 252 calls, compared to 145 in 2015
  • 6:30 p.m., July 4, to 3 a.m., July 5 – 378 calls, compared to 398 in 2015

911 calls:

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Get your pyrotechnics fix this Fourth of July, with several Independence Day festivities in and around Wichita. Here is your guide for where to be when the celebrations and fireworks begin.

Bradley Fair: Meet in Bradley Fair on July 3 for a celebration of America. Enjoy the summer concert with Denny Jiosa from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., then sit back and be amazed as the fireworks dance over the Bradley Fair Lake. 

11 Places To See Fireworks On The 4th Of July

Jul 2, 2013
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Wichita has not had a fireworks display for an Independence Day celebration since 2010, as the Wichita Eagle recently reported, but luckily there are locations in and around the city that will be hosting festivities that include some pyrotechnics:

Every time the Fourth of July rolls around I find myself engaged in a personal War of Independence.