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Jewell: 39 fires since July 1

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Local emergency services and law enforcement agencies received numerous calls during the Fourth of July celebrations pertaining to grass fires and fireworks, but thankfully no major fires were ignited.


Lebanon Police were flooded with calls Wednesday night related to city residents shooting fireworks inside the city limits, which is prohibited. Chief Scott Bowen said there was one incident where a firework was shot at a police officer as he was issuing a traffic citation.


Bowen said the officer was not hurt but it did cause some damage to his patrol car. The department responded to many calls with little luck as Bowen noted finding residents shooting fireworks is difficult.


We were inundated with calls Wednesday night, but a lot of the time when we get there, theyve stopped, Bowen said.


He pointed out they also received many complaints late into the night and early Thursday morning from homeowners reporting neighbors shooting fireworks.


Jewell said none of the three city fireworks displays produced any significant danger, but said they had a busy day on Wednesday with small fires. He said the causes ranged from a lightning strike to cigarette butts and fireworks.


WEMA crews were present at Lebanon and Mt. Juliet fireworks displays and Jewell said everything ran smoothly. However, he pointed out in Watertown a house fire occurred during the citys annual parade.


The citys volunteer fire department was able to extinguish the blaze quickly after breaking off from the parade.


Jewell said a lightning strike in the southern area of Wilson County near the Rutherford County line ignited a grass fire that was about an acre in size. However, the rain that passed through the area helped WEMA crews put out the fire quickly.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.


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