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Fireworks Task Force Calls and Incidents for the Fourth of July

Date: July 5, 2021
Incident Type: Fireworks Task Force Totals
Location: All zones
Summary:

As expected, the Fourth of July made for a busy evening for the Fireworks Task Force.

The task force responded to 158 fireworks-related complaints overnight, with some resulting fires in parts of the City.

  • At 451 Mt. Pleasant Road the task force investigated a trash can fire caused by still-smoldering fireworks that were discarded.
  • At 2055 Hazeldale Street, a sparkler discarded into a box set up against a house caught fire. The fire was extinguished by Zone 3 units before spreading to the structure.
  • A dumpster fire in the 2400 block of Bracey Drive was sparked by several boxes of still-smoldering fireworks that were thrown away after being shot off. Engine 16 put out the fire.
  • In Lewis Park in Zone 4, multiple fireworks were shot off at a party with more than 200 people in attendance, resulting in a reported fire on a basketball court. Garbage and fireworks boxes, cases, wrappers and tubes littered the streets around the park, and the park itself
  • Also in Zone 4, a vehicle fire was sparked by fireworks embers landing on the car. Neighbors extinguished the fire.

Multiple warnings were issued, particularly in the Hazelwood area, where there were 32 fireworks complaint calls.

The Fireworks Task Force began its nightly enforcement efforts on June 22nd, leading up to theFourthof July weekend.


Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz

2021-07-05
PIO@pittsburghpa.gov