The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Fourth of July fireworks fun met with few issues

No fireworks citations issued in Hartley


July 9, 2020


Following fireworks' legalization in 2017, the Hartley City Council passed rules limiting use to July 3-4 only from 10 a.m-11 p.m.

Hartley Police Chief Joe Hengeveld's job gets a little noisier each June and July.

As has been the case for the past three years, the local police department has kept busy over the past month responding to fireworks-related incidents. Hengeveld estimated only five or six complaints were called in this year, but he and other officers came across approximately two-dozen violations while out on patrol.

"That's roughly the same as last year," Hengeveld said. "It's pretty hard to find where people are shooting them from. When they see headlights, they tend to stop."

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