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Police issue 13 citations for fireworks on July 4

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 19:59:47-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Police put word out on social media last night that they were patrolling the streets for illegal fireworks activity.

And, they got hundreds of calls.

Corpus Christi resident Scott Davis told KRIS 6 News he called police three times to complain about fireworks going off in his neighborhood.

He said it's very frustrating that some people don't obey the city ban on fireworks.

“You know, at that point, what do you do,” Davis said.

Davis who has lived on Kingwood Drive for 20 years and was not happy with the fireworks, he says rang like gunshots in his neighborhood, scaring his four dogs and leaving his street littered.

“You know, you can hear them around but never this close to home,” Davis said.

So, he, like many other called the police.

“And when they put these ordinances out and they don't have the manpower to be able to support it, then there's a problem,” he said.

According to CCPD, six officers were assigned to handle firework calls last night.

The police department received more than 250 calls for fireworks over a five-hour period last night.

Out of all those calls, 13 citations were issued.

“We had units out there dedicated to that,” said Christopher White, the CCPD deputy chief operations commander.”They may not have made it, so you got six officers with over 250 calls the math is kinda there for you to do.”

But, if residents called to make a fireworks complaint, police did their best to answer as many as they could.

“But, if we can get more staffing of course we would never turn that down,” White said.

In some cases, police responded by sending officers in a stealth car, so you might not have seen a police unit.

Police still encourage folks to report fireworks activity or any kind of illegal activity.

Jeremiah spoke with Scott Davis, who tells us he did not request that police contact him. But he still is upset because he believes they didn't respond to his call.