MARION COUNTY, IN – The Marion County sheriff has asked the community to not call 911 with firework complaints this holiday.
As the Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest for dispatchers, the sheriff would like 911 to be utilized for calls concerning injuries and firework property damage, among other emergencies.
More than 9,200 calls were answered by dispatchers within a 48-hour period over the Fourth of July holiday in 2016.
“This Fourth of July, we are asking citizens to do their part in ensuring that our 911 lines are not tied up with people complaining about fireworks,” said Sheriff John Layton. “Please consider that someone with a life or death emergency needs to get through to 911 as quickly as possible. Citizens who choose to call the non-emergency line can make a real difference in ensuring that someone who really needs help, gets help faster.”
Those that would like to report firework violations should call the non-emergency telephone line at (317) 327-3811.