Fireworks led to 99 calls for service, of which 73 jointly dispatched the Green Bay Police Department and the Green Bay Metro Fire Department before and on Independence Day, July 4th, 2023.
This initiative had an officer ride along with a fire marshal to calls for fireworks complaints that occurred the two weekends before July 4th, 2023, on Friday and Saturday nights, along with the holiday itself.
Green Bay Police reports that officers issued one citation and six written warnings during this effort.
“Most of those found in violation were voluntary compliant with orders to stop and were unaware of the law. Therefore, education was provided resulting in a verbal warning rather than a stricter penalty,” said Green Bay Police Chief Chris Davis. “We also had many calls where no action was taken, and that is because not every call had fireworks still in progress when we arrived.”
Green Bay Metro Fire reports that fireworks were determined to be related or a probable cause for nine fires and caused four injuries.
“Again, this year, we have seen that even one incident due to illegal fireworks is too many and can lead to tragedy. It’s our goal each year to keep our community safe and enjoyable to all on July 4th,” said Green Bay Metro Fire Chief Matthew Knott.
The police and fire joint enforcement effort also included checking various fireworks stands located within the city for sales compliance and permits.
[Source: Green Bay Police Department Advisory – Wednesday July 5th, 2023 :: 02:00 p.m. CDT]