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7/4/05-Longview

Police Weary Of Longview Fireworks Calls

Longview fire and police say their manpower was stretched to the limit on Sunday night, not only from actual fires but from having to answer over "100" calls on individuals setting off fireworks inside the city limits. Police say the threat of fire from fireworks is taken so seriously that officers must respond to calls.

"Its a public safety issue that if officers and fire marshals are tied up with fire calls and an emergency call comes in, we don't have anyone to send to the emergency call" says Sergeant Richard Spruiell of the Longview Police Department.

Already a grass fire, yesterday, in Bowie County is being attributed to flames from fireworks.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

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