Sioux Falls police logs 203 calls about fireworks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police say they received 203 calls about fireworks on Independence Day — but only handed out five tickets and five warnings.

Using fireworks within Sioux Falls city limits is illegal and carries a $95 fine. Lt. Dave McIntire tells the Argus Leader it is often difficult to track down rogue firework-setters. He says the incident requires the officer to actually witness someone lighting the fireworks.

McIntire says that four extra officers were added to help with the influx of incidents, but at times the call queue had as many as 45 fireworks-related reports.