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Warnings, but no citations, issued for fireworks in Mitchell this Fourth

The Mitchell Police Division gave numerous verbal warnings but issued no citations for fireworks this Fourth of July.

According to Mitchell Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg, local police received 11 fireworks-related complaints between 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Friday. In each case, officers issued a verbal warning if they were able to find the source of the complaint.

While it's legal to possess fireworks within city limits, it is not legal to shoot them, even on the Fourth of July. A citation for lighting fireworks in city limits includes a $120 fine.

There were very few, if any, traffic issues as thousands of people packed the areas around Lake Mitchell on Thursday night for the annual fireworks display, Overweg said. "Everything went pretty smoothly," he said.