Richmond sees reduction in fireworks reports during July 4 holiday

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Richmond sees reduction in fireworks reports during July 4 holiday
Photo by Mike Kinney.

By Mike Kinney

It might not have sounded this way to some Richmond residents, but reports of illegal fireworks and explosives in the city were significantly reduced during the July 4 holiday than last year, according to police.

From July 1 through July 7, there were 213 calls into the non-emergency RPD dispatch reporting concerns about illegal fireworks and explosives, which is 22 percent fewer than the same time period last year, said Richmond Police Department spokesperson Lt. Donald Patchin. The peak of those calls on July 4, when there were 140.

Despite the reduced numbers, the holiday period was still taxing on the RPD’s resources, said. Lt. Patchin. He noted 12 officers were on patrol related to fireworks activities during the swing shift on Independence Day.

“We were glad to see the downsizing of calls this year,” he said.

Lt. Patchin hopes the RPD’s publicity campaign asking the community to take an active role in the reduction of the use of fireworks may have helped to reduce their severity this year.

Richmond sees reduction in fireworks reports during July 4 holiday