(SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan.) — "I need to call in fireworks. I'm tired of listening." That was last Fourth of July. This year emergency dispatchers have a simple message, unless it is an emergency do not call 911.
So what number should you call? Starting today there's a special number for people in Sedgwick County to make fireworks and noise complaints. The goal is to save lives.
“Every once in a while there'll be some big, heavy ones that really explode,” said Melvin Johanson. Johanson has lived in Maize for 12 years and loves the sounds of Independence Day. “A lot of fireworks and we enjoy them. It happens once a year and that's all. I don't mind it.”
Unfortunately for Sedgwick County dispatchers not everyone agrees. The Fourth of July is their busiest time of the year, mostly due to complaints about fireworks.