City of Minneapolis: Don't call with fireworks complaints unless someone is hurt

The City of Minneapolis would like to remind you to be safe while using fireworks this Fourth of July, and to not call them with noise complaints.

On a typical Fourth of July evening, Minneapolis 911 receives hundreds of calls per hour, police said, and officers can't be dispatched to each noise incident. On a normal day, Minneapolis 911 receives fewer than 100 calls per hour, they added. They do increase staff during the holiday.

“Reducing the number of noise complaints to 911 will help ensure that 911 emergency calls are answered as quickly as possible, and that all emergency responders are available to respond to calls about more serious crimes, fires and medical emergencies,” police said in a news release.

However, if the fireworks-related issue poses a threat or hazard, call 911 and help will be dispatched.

What to do instead

Noise reports can be made online, through the 311 mobile app or by calling 311.

Minneapolis 311 is closed July 3-4, and will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5, but the mobile application can be used any time to make a report. City staff will review the complaint and may follow up with the property owner the complaint references, but a police squad will not be dispatched.

When you should call 911

-A situation where a person has been injured by fireworks. 

-Airborne fireworks landing on a building or wooded area posing a fire risk. 

-When the size of the fireworks gathering and the unruly behavior of the people involved begins to pose a threat to others.

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