No fireworks injuries reported in DeKalb during 4th of July
DeKALB – The weather might have affected Hopkins Park fireworks attendance Wednesday, but there were no fireworks-related accidents reported for this year’s Fourth of July holiday, according to law enforcement officials.
Amy Doll, executive director for the DeKalb Park District, said her staff doesn’t do a count of the crowd attending the fireworks display, but they discussed throughout the day that it was the lowest turnout they have seen in the past couple of years.
Doll said she thinks people didn’t have the time to stay out late to watch the fireworks, with the holiday falling in the middle of the week this year.
“The other big factor was the weather,” Doll said. “It was really hot and steamy.”
Doll said DeKalb was lucky to not have storms in the area. But, she said, it appeared that people didn’t want to risk going to the event only to have to pack up and leave.
Lt. Jim Burgh of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said one woman was arrested charged with DUI on Wednesday evening, and that the sheriff’s office received 14 calls for nuisance complaints, such as fireworks going off.
“I think that’s pretty average,” Burgh said. “It didn’t seem to be more than normal.”
DeKalb police Cmdr. Craig Woodruff said there were several domestic-related calls and fights reported during the holiday going into Thursday morning. He said his department received about 31 calls with fireworks complaints, but there were no tickets written as a result, nor was anything confiscated.
“Which is probably average,” Woodruff said.
Woodruff also said there were no fireworks-related injuries reported during the holiday. There were only five ambulance calls over the two days, “which is pretty good,” he said.
Despite the decreased attendance for the Hopkins Park fireworks, Doll said, it still was a great turnout for the event, and there still were thousands of people in the park.
“It was still a successful event,” Doll said, “just a lower number than the last couple of years.”