Dothan E 9-1-1 fights fireworks calls


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Independence Day might be over, but fireworks in the Circle City are not.

798. That’s the total number of calls Dothan officers responded to on July 4th. 95 of those calls were fireworks-related — an amount that was double the normal number of calls 911 usually receives.

“It just shows that out of four days, we took 202 (calls), but one day alone, we took 95,” said E 9-1-1 Director Holly Britain.

While fireworks are banned within city limits, dispatch began receiving fireworks-related calls days before the holiday arrived and continues to receive calls days later.

“A lot of times when we get the fireworks calls, mainly it’s just noise,” Britain said.

Although dispatch received 95 calls for noise ordinances, 19 other calls were reported as gunshots fired. Those were also fireworks-related.

“A lot of times you don’t even see or the caller that’s calling in the complaint doesn’t actually see anybody, they just hear them,” Britain said.

Despite the higher number of calls, no fatalities were reported during the holiday. E 9-1-1 credits the lack of crime to the numerous activities and events put on throughout the Wiregrass.

“The municipalities that are open and free that does fireworks shows and that kind of thing, it kind of keeps the safety at hand,” Britain said.

In other news, there were no DUI calls reported on July 4th and only one DUI call was received the next day.

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