Plenty Of Fireworks-Related Fireworks
KSAL Staff - Thu 11:24 AM 07/05/2012
Independence Day fireworks kept firefighters and law enforcement in Salina and Salina County very busy.
Salina Fire Marshal Roger Williams tells KSAL News that from June 27th, the day that fireworks went on sale, through midnight on July 5th, the fire department responded to 35 firework incidents. Over 20 of those incidents were on the 4th of July. Williams says that the bulk of the incidents were grass, brush, or tree fires. A couple of homes were also damaged, but Williams says there was not any major damage. He adds that there were also a couple of trash dumpster fires.
There was one fireworks-related injury. Williams says that on Saturday a child was hit in the face by an aerial firework. The child was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.
A Saline County Sheriff Deputy was transported to the hospital on Wednesday after collapsing in the heat at the scene of a fire. Sheriff Glen Kochanowski says that Deputy Eric Appel was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released for possible heat exhaustion. Appel was at a fire scene Wednesday afternoon, and collapsed as he was changing a tire.
Rural firefighters also had a busy 4th of July, responding to over a dozen fires. The sheriff says that most of the fires were grassfires, but there were some that did cause damage.
Fireworks started a tree line on fire late Tuesday night. That fire damaged siding on a home on West Humbarger Road.
Fireworks started a fire on South Amos Road that ended up catching 50 large round bales on fire, which will continue to smolder for several days. A fireworks related fire also caught several hay bales on fire on North Halstead Road late Wednesday night.
There were also a couple of large field fires. One of the most significant was near the Bel Tree Farm in the 3200 block of West Crawford Street. That fire, which was started by a discarded cigarette, destroyed multiple trees, and was approaching structures, before it was brought under control.
Though there were a lot of fireworks calls, there were not a lot of citations issued. Between June 27th and midnight on July 5th Salina Police received 208 fireworks complaint calls. In 2011 police received 195 fireworks complaint calls. Officers issued 5 citations for illegal discharge. Saline County Sheriff Deputies issued about the same number of citations.