Threat of fireworks fine keeps city of Kyle quiet this July 4th

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KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — The Kyle Police Department says an initiative to cut down on the number of firework complaints they receive on holidays like the Fourth of July is beginning to work.  

In past years, the department says it would receive hundreds of calls from people complaining about the noise and at any given moment there were calls placed on hold. Because it’s against city ordinance to have any type of firework in the city limits, police have to respond to every one. However, the city says that was far from the case this year.  

“We had 30 calls for fireworks, 30!” said the city of Kyle’s public information officer, Kim Hilsenbeck.

Of those 30 calls, police only issued two citations and gave two verbal warnings. Compared to last year, Hilsenbeck says the department received 91 calls about fireworks and police issued 27 citations and six warnings.  

This year, the police department went as far as placing signs at the entrance of neighborhoods with a warning that if you pop fireworks inside city limits, you could receive a fine of up to $2,000.

They also shared the same message on a billboard along Interstate 35 and on magnets on the back of patrol vehicles.  

“It’s nice to see that the public is at least listening and taking what we are saying seriously. I mean, we don’t want to fine anybody,” said Hilsenbeck. “I’ve heard so much from people on social media that they are just so grateful. You know, they’re like, ‘I got to sleep, my baby slept, my dog wasn’t scared.’ It’s actually been very positive.” 

The city did host its annual Fourth of July firework show on Wednesday. Hilsenbeck says the 30-minute show and the weather could have also helped keep their call numbers down.

In Austin, officials say from June 28 to July 5, Austin 311 received more than 1,400 fireworks calls. That’s compared to 1,500 from the previous year. 

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