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Fireworks complaints up 10 percent on 4th of July this year, MPD says

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:53:26-04

MILWAUKEE -- Though you've probably seen plenty of social media posts complaining about fireworks this year, calls to police on the night of the 4th of July were only up 10 percent compared to last year, the Milwaukee Police Department says.

There were 363 calls to Milwaukee Police regarding fireworks between 9 p.m. on July 4 and 3 a.m. on July 5, according to data provided by police. That's compared to 330 calls in 2019, and 344 calls in 2018.

Compared to 2018, this year's calls were only up six percent.

Across the nation, calls to complain about fireworks have increased, as hundreds of traditional celebrations have been canceled but sales of fireworks have remained strong.

Though calls on the night of Independence Day may not have seen a sharp jump, the data shows that complaints were way, way up in the days leading up to the 4th. Complaints from Milwaukee neighborhoods were up 600 percent from last year as of last week.

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