Community

Reporting Fireworks on the 4th of July

Many of us like to celebrate United States Independence Day with fireworks. On a typical 4th
of July evening, Minneapolis 911 receives 300 – 400 calls per hour about fireworks noise.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please, reserve use of 911 to urgent concerns involving life safety.
Minneapolis 911 will have increased staffing but fireworks complaints tie up significant
resources and may result in longer 911 answer times for other callers. We want to ensure
that calls about injuries and fires, as well as other emergencies, are able to be answered
quickly during the busy holiday weekend.
Due to the huge volume of calls received, police officers cannot be
dispatched to each fireworks noise incident on or near the
4th of July holiday weekend.
Police, fire or medical help will be dispatched in situations where a
fire hazard or direct threat to personal safety exists. Examples can
include: A situation where a person has been injured by fireworks,
airborne fireworks landing on a building or wooded area posing a
fire risk or when the size of the fireworks gathering and the behavior
of the individuals involved begins to pose a threat to others.
For all complaint situations that are NOT an emergency please go on-line or call 311.
The link below will take you to a form to register your concern
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/fireworks-complaint
You can contact 311 by phone, on line or with their mobile app. Follow up will be
done through crime prevention information and community outreach efforts.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

Fireworks can be extremely frustrating for neighbors, especially when homes are
close to each other; people are trying to sleep; or when small children and pets
are frightened. Fireworks can also be very dangerous.
Please share this information with your neighbors and your block club.
A little prevention will make your 4th of July safer and more fun.