While Antioch residents took to social media to voice their frustrations over illegal fireworks, the Antioch Police Department was busy responding to complaints.
According to Police Chief Tammany Brooks, he confirmed Monday they had more than 300 fireworks related complaints that resulted in confiscated fireworks along with 17 arrests.
In response to community outrage over illegal fireworks along with multiple fires that start from fireworks, Antioch Police put together a proactive detail team to respond to fireworks related calls. Brooks stated that one team alone responded to nearly 100 complaints.
Police said prior to the July 4 holiday, they had 31 complaints of fireworks which resulted in 6 arrests. This was a decrease from the 77 complaints received during the same time period in 2017, or the 88 complaints we received in 2016.
The police department thanked the community for reporting illegal fireworks and assisting them with their proactive detail.
It is anticipated that the City of Brentwood, City of Oakley, City of Pittsburg will release their stats int he coming days along with Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
Alexandra Riva is an East Contra Costa County resident who is a senior at UC Berkley where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies with a minor in history. She is a graduate of Dozier-Libbey Medical High School in Antioch.