Police respond to calls mistaking fireworks for gunfire


DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – You don’t need a calendar to know Independence Day is approaching. Fireworks have been going off for weeks and local police say they’re responding to several complaints every day. They’re also taking a lot of calls from people who have mistaken fireworks for gunfire.

“There are many times where residents or citizens will call in a shots fired call and it’s erroneous,” Davenport Patrol Sgt. Eric Gruenhagen said.

He says police can typically tell the difference, but he’s not surprised about how someone could confuse the sounds.

“Any time you have an explosion, and rapid succession, that could lead a person to believe it’s shots fired,” he said.

Responding to each call may take a lot of time, but he says it’s better safe than sorry.

“I think I speak for everybody when they’re relieved that they find out it’s just a fireworks call but that doesn’t mean that it’s not annoying to somebody else, so we just try to do our best to restore the peace,” Gruenhagen said.

Every year around Independence Day, Davenport police hire officers to work overtime. Their sole duty is to answer firework complaints.

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