Police write few tickets for fireworks, more than 100 complaints
RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland Police said despite the fact some fireworks like mortars are illegal, no citations or arrests were made the night of the 4th.
Sergeant Mike Harrison said complaints about fireworks aren't the most important calls law enforcement get, even on the Fourth of July. He said even though a Richland man was killed by an illegal firework that night, the city of Richland won't likely up the enforcement against anything that's not 'safe and sane.'
"Well, it's an officer discretion issue," said Harrison. "Other calls can determine how much time patrols have to deal with fireworks complaints and they have to prioritize calls so when they go to a call they have discretion based upon what happened and how they choose to handle that incident."
In Kennewick, officials said there were 83 complaints about fireworks, however no citations were handed out. While in Pasco, out of 56 complaints, three resulted in tickets.