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Fireworks complaints down, no injuries reported in Emporia

It's that time of year -- not just for fireworks, but also related complaints and possible injuries.

So far, so good on the injury front. The Newman Regional Health emergency department has reported no injuries since fireworks could be sold and discharged last Friday. Still, Newman Regional Health Dr. Bryce Heitman cautions everybody to be careful. One suggestion: stick to the legal fireworks.

Complaints are also relatively low, at least for the numbers of calls responded to by Emporia Police. Through Thursday morning, officers had responded to 11 calls. There were 51 complaints from June 26 through July 3 last year and 90 for the entire fireworks window.

Meanwhile, fireworks sales are brisk across town. At Riley's Fireworks, Erin Rodriguez says they will do what they can to cater to last-minute shoppers. Rodriguez says certain fireworks always sell well.

The fireworks sales and discharge window runs 9 am to 11 pm Thursday and Saturday, changing to 9 am to midnight Friday. Fireworks sales and discharge will not be allowed starting Sunday.

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