Sturgis police responds to more firework related calls

STURGIS, S.D.(KBHB) – Sturgis Police say they were very busy over the holiday weekend, responding to fireworks-related calls.

Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says they took 27 fireworks-related calls between June 28th and July 6th.

He says it seemed busier this year.

Fireworks were legal to shoot off on private property on the 3rd and 4th, however, VanDewater says they had a problem with people shooting them off on public property. He says that included the city park, where fireworks sparked that fire on the steep slopes of Sly Hill Sunday night.

He says it wasn’t the only fire sparked by fireworks.

He says they also received a lot of fireworks complaints on their social media platforms.

Vandewater also said they had a recurring problem of people who leave their fireworks trash behind.