Fewer July Fourth holiday-related incidents seen this year, authorities say

Thursday, July 5, 2012 4:06 PM
Last updated 11:34 PM
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Richmond County authorities said the Fourth of July was relatively trouble-free this year.

A fireworks show is seen at the Augusta Riverwalk during an Independence Day celebration in Augusta.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
A fireworks show is seen at the Augusta Riverwalk during an Independence Day celebration in Augusta.

“Our numbers were not that high at all,” Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said of drunk driving arrests.

On Wednesday, six people were charged with driving under the influence. Deputies issued approximately 100 other citations for traffic offenses.

He attributed the low number to the holiday falling midweek.

Workers at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital also had very few patients admitted for holiday-related burns.

One patient was treated for a burn from a grill, according to spokeswoman Barclay Bishop.

In 2011, when the holiday fell on a Monday, 10 people were treated for holiday-related injuries from grills, campfires and fireworks.

The Richmond County Fire Department responded to 13 fires, 11 of which were outside.

Jones said there was a slight increase in the number of fires Wednesday compared to a normal weekday, but the increase was not dramatic.


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