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Firework calls can waste law enforcement resources

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Sunnyside, Wash.-- With the 4th of July right around the corner, fireworks are on sale throughout the area. And that means more calls for local law enforcement.

Sunnyside police say a lot of the reports of fireworks are called in as gunshots.

Anyone who has heard fireworks exploding in the distance can sometimes mistake them for bullets, and that's when the police are called.

It's a pretty serious issue for them too.
Sgt. Joey Glossen with the Sunnyside Police Department says officers respond much differently for a shots fired call.
He says not only are more resources used, but officers are more on edge.

And it's been happening more and more ever since fireworks were made illegal in Sunnyside and other local towns. 

"It's fairly isolated so what that's done with residents is kind of created this fear that it may not be fireworks. That it's possibly shots being fired," said Sgt. Glossen.

He says that because fireworks are illegal, many times people won't admit to having them, which forces the officers to investigate further taking more time and more resources.

Remember that fireworks laws can vary from city to city, so check with your local law enforcement before you start setting them off.