7/1/16 – 4:59 A.M.
Local authorities expect plenty of fireworks complaints over the next few days. However, they don’t expect to arrest too many people. Representatives from the Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office tell the Courier it’s difficult to issue citations if officers don’t witness the fireworks getting launched.
Police Chief Greg Horne tells the newspaper it can be clear that someone launched fireworks, but unless someone admits to it, no one can be formally charged. Officers will identify people at the scene, confiscate any remaining fireworks, and check to make sure no one is wanted on a warrant.
Lt. Cris Bell with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says they get a couple hundred fireworks complaints every year. Of those, only five to 10 citations are issued.
Police Lt. Ryan Doe says citations are mostly given to people who are risking the safety of those nearby.
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