Elgin Police: 2020 June-July Fireworks Calls, Tickets 5 Times Higher Than Last Year

Elgin Police: 2020 June-July Fireworks Calls, Tickets 5 Times Higher Than Last Year

Elgin police said the numbers of fireworks calls for June and July and tickets written were five times higher in 2020 than they were a year ago.

From Friday July 3, through Sunday July 5, the Elgin Police Department received 394 calls for service regarding fireworks, which accounted for 42% of the 936 incidents during that same timeframe.

Officials said that represents an increase over 2019’s total of 112 (+251%) fireworks calls.

But the real eye-opening year-over-year statistic was in the number of calls for service from June 1 to July 5, when the 2020 numbers were more than five times higher, jumping from 199 in 2019 to 1,025 this year.

“We understand the frustration that fireworks can cause for our community,” officials said in a Facebook post. “We had extra detail officers assigned specifically for these calls. The patrol shift officers also addressed firework calls when normal call volume permitted.”

From June 1 to July 5, the department issued 116 citations for illegal fireworks, a 510% increase in citations from 2019. Additionally, illegal fireworks were also confiscated.

By The Numbers

The charts above illustrate the comparisons in calls and citations from 2019 (blue) to 2020 (red) listed below:

June 1 to July 5 Fireworks Calls

  • 2020 — 1,025
  • 2019 — 199

July 3 to July 5 Fireworks Calls

  • 2020 — 394
  • 2019 — 112

June 1 to July 5 Tickets (Including Warnings)

  • 2020 — 116
  • 2019 — 19

June 3 to July 5 Tickets Written

  • 2020 — 63
  • 2019 —14

June 3 to July 5 Total Incidents

  • 2020 — 936
  • 2019 — 828

 

Elgin Police Department Facebook Post