FARGO — The Fargo Police Department released stats on fireworks-related calls police responded in recent weeks in the metro.
Fargo police public information officer, Jessica Schindeldecker said officers responded to 213 fireworks calls from June 27 to July 4, one of the highest amounts in the last five years.
Over Independance Day weekend, 136 calls came in, and more than a third of service calls on July 4 were fireworks-related.
The West Fargo Fire Department responded to two firework-related fire calls on July 5.
One of those incidents was a truck fire. Firefighters arrived to find the truck completely engulfed in flames and was deemed a total loss. There were no injuries, and crews suspect fireworks stored in the bed of the truck played a part. The incident is still under investigation.
Captain Deric Swenson with the Moorhead Police Department said the department responded to 37 firework service calls during the holiday, which is slightly lower than past years.
He said that this time around, the fireworks were bigger and there were a lot more aerial fireworks in the sky, as opposed to things like firecrackers.
Schindeldecker said fireworks are often a low-priority call compared to serious and emergency situations.
"Often times what we're seeing is the officers don't get dispatched right away for those calls for service come in, so they're getting into the area much later than that call came in, sometimes not finding out what's going on, maybe they've already ceased that activity or they do get in the area and just speak with them," Schindeldecker said.
The West Fargo Police Department also responded to 63 fireworks calls, 50 of them outside of the designated time frame the city allows for firework usage.