Richmond police report 378 fireworks-related calls in last 28 days

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Richmond police report 378 fireworks-related calls in last 28 days
The Richmond Police Department shared a map of fireworks incidents over the last 28 days.

We’ve seen plenty of complaints on social media, and readers have emailed us to ask, “When will it stop?”

In the last 28 days, there were 378 calls for service relating to firework complaints, according to the Richmond Police Department, which shared a map of locations of incidents.

In response, city officials are pleading with residents to stop, saying fireworks are illegal, dangerous, triggering for veterans and pets and also because an exceptionally dry season means they’re a fire risk.

With public gatherings for sanctioned fireworks performances canceled due to COVID-19, officials urge residents not to put their own shows.

“Though The Richmond Police Department has worked with Richmond Fire Department to try and respond to these incidents, we have limited capacity to respond as in years past,” city officials said. “We need the help of neighbors and community members to share the health and safety concerns of using illegal fireworks among friends and neighbors.”

Richmond police encourage the community to continue to report illegal firework activity at (510) 233-1214.

We will also be offering a reward for anyone that turns in illegal fireworks or gives useful information that leads to their confiscation,” RPD said. “The reward will depend on the quantity of fireworks turned in or confiscated. You can message us on our social media platforms.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. Fireworks traumatize VETS, PETS, and the ELDERLY!!! Whatever police and fire dept’s are doing it is not enough! I have lived here 59 years and NEVER heard so many blasts.

  2. Leaving this to municipal police and fire department to manage is a losing strategy. I think the only way to approach this problem is to go to the source. We need state and federal law enforcement as well as customs to regulate and sanction the companies that produce fireworks and put the pressure on retailers/dealers. Another approach, one that was applied to meth production with the regulation of pseudoephedrine distribution, is to go after chemical production facilities/companies that provide the raw materials used to make the fireworks in question. If we can reduce the supply say by 50% and price out a fair portion of fireworks consumers I’d bargain that the issue would improve considerably.

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