Dallas Police Busy With July 4 Fireworks Calls

Dallas police responded to numerous calls about illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend – but some also included street racing and street blocking, including an incident captured on cell phone video near Russwood Acres.

From July 3 to July 5, Dallas 911 received 3,717 total fireworks calls, with 890 fireworks disturbances and 2,827 holiday fireworks calls. Police responded to 75 calls for street racing, and issued 128 citations for it.

Dallas Fire-Rescue and Dallas police confiscated more than 800 pounds of fireworks and wrote 10 tickets.

In several pockets of the city, cars blocked intersections as rounds of fireworks were detonated. Video of cars doing donuts at Greenville and Lovers Lane made the rounds over the weekend, as did two videos of a similar incident at Russwood Acres, near Royal Lane and Inwood Road.

Posted by Martine Raleigh on Sunday, July 5, 2020

Posted by Martine Raleigh on Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at bethany.erickson@peoplenewspapers.com.

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