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July 5, 2012

Fireworks calls keep lawmen, firefighters busy on Fourth

STILLWATER, Okla. — Fourth of July holiday complaints kept law enforcement personnel and firefighters busy from July 3 to July 5.

According to Stillwater police logs, officers responded to 47 fireworks complaints from July 3 to July 5. Out of those 47, one 18-year-old male was cited for possession of fireworks, underage possession of beer and underage possession of liquor.

Three were arrested for public intoxication.

Court records show Aaron Carl Stanley, 48 of Perkins was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, assault and battery on a police officer, transporting an open container of beer, driving under suspension and threats to kill. This occurred after he was stopped by Stillwater police Wednesday, records show.

Payne County Sheriff Office also was busy on the holiday. Capt. Kevin Woodward said approximately 11 verbal or written warnings, were given by deputies, mostly for fireworks. The department received three fireworks noise complaints.

According to the call log, deputies responded to an incident were juveniles were throwing firecrackers at each other and down storm drains. Woodward said as far as he knows there were no fireworks-related injuries.

Woodward said deputies responded to four grass fires late on the Fourth of July and early the next morning. He said these were likely related to fireworks. No structures were damaged and no one was injured, he said.

“This is pretty usual for the Fourth of July,” Woodward said.

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