Mexico had approximately 50 documented firework incidents from the time the fireworks tents opened, about one week before the Fourth of July, through the early morning hours of July 5, according to the Mexico Public Safety Department. There have been no significant injuries reported to date.

The incidents were either called in by citizens or observed by patrolling officers. About 30 of the incidents were during the overnight hours of July 4 through July 5.

If residents were peacefully shooting fireworks on their own property, they were generally given a warning first. There were no incidents of MPSD returning to a warned residence for a second offense.

During the evening hours of July 3, there was a report of juveniles shooting fireworks at other juveniles. No one was injured. There was also a report of juveniles throwing fireworks inside of a parked vehicle, which had its window down. The vehicle did not catch fire but there was damage done to the interior.

A group of people shooting fireworks starting at around 11 p.m. July 4 led to a neighborhood dispute between those shooting the fireworks and residents who were concerned about their property. One person reported being struck in the head with a bottle during the dispute. There were no visible injuries but the person did complain of pain and did not wish to assist in prosecution.

A large group of people from Mexico and Fulton met in the neighborhoods around Garfield Park at approximately 10:30 p.m. July 5 and began shooting fireworks at each other. This led to further disturbance and three vehicles were damaged.

A 19-year-old man from Mexico was arrested for second-degree property damage. He was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond on the offense. Another subject was detained and released with a summons for possession/discharge of fireworks. Additionally, another Mexico resident has been identified as being involved in a property damage incident but he left the area and will be charged at a later date.

MPSD is continuing to review video and talk with affected individuals to determine if others should be charged with various offenses.

ssabatke@mexicoledger.com