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Quincy Police ask residents to leave fireworks to the professionals

The eve of Independence day was a busy night for area police departments.

Sgt. Adam Yates said Quincy Police responded to at least a dozen fireworks calls overnight.

And just in the two days before the holiday, Yates said police responded to around 30 fireworks calls.

While most of the people had left the scene by the time police arrived, QPD has a message for residents: Not only are fireworks dangerous, they're illegal in the state of Illinois.

Quincy city ordinance also has a ban in place, which could lead to a double threat when it comes to getting caught with fireworks.

The fine in Quincy is $120 if you get caught, and depending on the circumstances, you could face even more fines from the state and even arrest.

Police ask that you obey the law and stay safe this holiday weekend.

For legal firework celebration alternatives, an estimated 15,000 fireworks displays are expected to illuminate across the nation on Friday evening.

WGEM hosts fireworks at the Illinois Veterans Home and an additional list of community events can be found at http://www.wgem.com/Global/category.asp?C=123719

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