Updated July 5, 2018:
On July 4, 2018, our South Central police officers received an anonymous tip regarding a resident in the 2500 block of Ramsey Drive that was selling fireworks. The Crime Response Team and Deployment Unit monitored the location and found an unusual number of people going to and from the location. The Dallas Fire Department had received the same tip regarding the sale of fireworks from the residence and collaborated with the South Central officers to further investigate. Dallas Police and Dallas Fire Rescue responded to the location and met with the resident. The resident admitted she was selling fireworks and brought 2 bags of fireworks to the officers. The resident then refused consent to a search of the residence, which resulted in the Dallas Fire Department obtaining a search warrant.
Officers seized an estimate 250 pounds of fireworks from inside the residence. The fireworks were transported to a secure Dallas Fire Rescue location where they will be disposed of by the Bomb Squad and a environmentally friendly company contracted by the city. The Dallas Fire Department will continue with the follow up of the investigation.
There were a total of 1,375 Holiday Fireworks calls. Due to DCAD protocol Dallas Police officers responded to 433 fireworks disturbance calls, where complainants provided applicable information to respond. These calls resulted in a -17.71% change from 2017.
On July 3, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., the Dallas Police Department’s Southeast Crime Response Team and Deployment Unit executed a search warrant with the Dallas Fire Marshal’s Office at 1437 Ashview Circle. Upon entering the location, officers located a large amount of consumer grade fireworks. The estimated 7,133 pounds of fireworks were seized and transported to a secure Dallas Fire Rescue location where they will be disposed of by the Bomb Squad and a environmentally friendly company contracted by the city. This is a great example of teamwork between the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire Rescue and their efforts to remove illegal fireworks off the streets.
We would like to take this time to remind the citizens that both the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire Rescue will be teaming up to enforce fireworks violations all across the city of Dallas. Violators will face the respected penalties. We encourage everyone to be safe this 4th of July and enjoy professional firework shows. Misuse or mishandling of fireworks could lead to serious injuries and or fires.