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Fireworks Calls Keep Wichita Co. First Responders Busy

<br><p dir="LTR">The Fourth of July may be over but not the work of emergency officials. </p> <p dir="LTR">Although it is illegal to discharge or even possess fireworks in the city of Wichita Falls that did not stop some residents from doing that yesterday.</p> <p>But as Mechell Dixon found out, if history is an indicator it could be a busy weekend for first responders.</p>

Many Wichita County residents who purchased fireworks did not set them all off on July 4th.

So Wichita Falls and Wichita County emergency crews are preparing for a busy weekend after answering numerous fireworks calls last night.

This professional fireworks show wrapped up fourth of july celebrations in downtown Wichita falls.

Unfortunately, Wichita Falls fire officials say dozens of people provided their own entertainment.

"We had four 2-men strike teams that were patrolling and we patrolled probably from about six yesterday evening until about three this morning," says Wichita Falls Fire Marshal David Collins.

During that time Collins says fire crews were busy working 73 firework complaint calls, nine grass fires and one structure fire that officials believe was started around midnight by fireworks.

Twelve hours after that blaze and And firework debris still littered the street where it happened.

Fire crews received a call of fireworks being discharged by juveniles in the 1500 block of Grayfox Place.

Fire officials say once crews arrived on the scene they say those juveniles reportedly lit fireworks and shot them at the crews before running off.

But Wichita Falls fire crews weren't the only officials who had a busy July 4th.

From 10 a.m. to just after 4 a.m. on July 5th, Wichita Falls police received 32 calls of fireworks being set off.

While Wichita County Sheriff's officials say deputies were dispatched to more than a dozen fireworks complaint calls, including this sizable fire that Sheriff David Duke says was started by fireworks just south of Iowa Park.

Overall, there were no reports of any injuries but we're told sherif's deputies and members of the fire marshal strike team did issue a few citations and unfortunately they expect to issue a few more through the weekend.

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