Police will issue $250 fine for illegal fireworks

Exploding illegal fireworks within Medford this Fourth of July could trigger a $250 fine as police vow to step up patrols on local streets.

"We are going to enforce fireworks laws this year," Lt. Curtis Whipple told the City Council Thursday.

To help the public understand local fireworks laws, Whipple said the police and fire departments will conduct an education campaign to get the word out.

In a 24-hour period last July 4, Medford police responded to 85 calls for noise disturbance, though no one was fined. The city fire department reported five small grass fires started by fireworks between over a three-day period around July 4.

The issue of illegal fireworks came up last year when city councilors received complaints about noise and litter from Independence Day revelers.

— Damian Mann

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