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Fireworks calls keep police busy
Jul 5, 2013 - From staff reports
The Riverton Police Department responded to 12 calls related to fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.
The reports started coming in at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with the first in reference to fireworks in the 500 block of South Third Street East.
At about 1:45 p.m. Thursday, someone reported hearing fireworks on South Railroad Avenue, and at 2:45 p.m. the sound of celebratory explosions was coming from the 800 block of East Jackson Avenue.
The afternoon was quiet until about 5:40 p.m. Thursday, when officers responded to reports of fireworks in the 500 block of Meadow Lark Lane. At 7 p.m. Thursday fireworks could be heard on Sycamore Drive, and at 9:10 p.m. they were going off on West Bend Avenue.
Six fireworks calls came in between 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Thursday, from the 1300 block of Timber Lane at 9:15 p.m., the 500 to 700 block of East Park Avenue at 9:30 p.m., the 200 block of West Washington Avenue at 10:30 p.m., the 200 block of Fairway Drive at 11 p.m., the 200 block of West Monroe Avenue at 11:05 p.m. and on Blackfoot Avenue at 11:15 p.m.
Fremont County sheriff's deputies only went out on one fireworks-related call in the Riverton area Thursday, but they were busy elsewhere responding to complaints through the early morning hours Friday.
At about 10:50 p.m. Thursday, a resident at the intersection of Wyoming Highway 789 and Burma Road reported people on the southbound side of the road were "hiding and shooting fireworks into traffic."
Earlier, at about 10 p.m., officials went to 95 Big Ridge Lane in Kinnear to assist a resident who said her neighbor was shooting fireworks over the top of her haystack. She reportedly was concerned about a fire starting.
Deputies were called twice to Shoshoni, first at 9:30 p.m. Thursday when a woman said her neighbor was shooting off fireworks across the highway from her home in the 1100 block of California Street. The reporting party wanted deputies to enforce the "no fireworks" ordinance within city limits.
At 11:30 p.m. Thursday, people at a campsite near Cottonwood Bay at Boysen State Park reportedly were intoxicated and "yelling, screaming, shooting off fireworks and guns."
Homemade explosives were said to be in use at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Hays Street in Dubois. A woman called police to say subjects were setting off "very large" explosives with small children nearby.
On Friday morning, just after midnight, a resident on Carbine Lane in Lander apparently had had enough of the festivities. He called deputies to say "everyone in the area is still shooting off fireworks and disturbing everyone."
The final fireworks call of the night came in just before 1 a.m. Friday from West Third Street in Hudson, where two juveniles reportedly were "down by (the) river shooting off fireworks."
Officials did not note any citations for fireworks misuse on arrest reports Friday. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said without a ban on fireworks it's legal to light the explosives within the county's jurisdiction.