Fireworks line worked well; ordinance, not so much

It’s good news that Sedgwick County’s special telephone number for the Fourth of July worked as planned and prevented the 911 emergency line from being tied up. Last year, because of all the people calling 911 to complain about fireworks, callers got a busy signal when they tried to report actual emergencies. The special number handled 377 calls Wednesday. In fact, it worked so well that the county may use the special line again on New Year’s Eve. That doesn’t mean there were no problems on July 4. Fireworks are the suspected cause of several house fires, and the number of illegal fireworks shot off throughout Wichita showed again that the city’s fireworks ordinance isn’t taken seriously – by the public or by law enforcement.