Fourth of July

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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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City and county buildings will be closed Tuesday for the Fourth of July holiday.

Wichita’s City Hall, neighborhood resource centers and all public library locations will be closed. Botanica, Old Cowtown Museum, the Mid-America All Indian Center and the Wichita Art Museum also will be closed.

Park and Recreation Centers will be closed for Independence Day, but O.J. Watson Park will be open, and city pools will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Other closures include:

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The Fourth of July brings celebrations and fireworks, which can be frightening to dogs and cats. But there are ways to help our pets cope.

While fireworks are going off outdoors, Emily Griffin, spokeswoman for the Kansas Humane Society, says it's best to keep your pets indoors.

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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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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. 

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