Date of release: July 5, 2019
Paducah police responded to more than 50 calls Thursday regarding illegal use of fireworks, including one involving a teen-ager seriously injured.
The majority of the calls to police came in Thursday evening, including a woman who called just after 10 p.m. to report that juveniles had shot fireworks at her and her four-year-old child outside their apartment in the 2300 block of Ohio Street.
Multiple calls were received around the same time regarding disturbances in the Elmwood Court apartment complex.
When officers arrived at the complex, an aerial firework (commonly called a “mortar”) was launched in their direction, and officers found a large crowd of people shooting fireworks and paintball guns at each other, buildings and vehicles. Officers attempted to disperse the crowd; one officer was hit in the chest by pieces of a mortar, which resulted in burns to the officer’s uniform, and a police cruiser was hit by paintballs.
Two juveniles were cited on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and curfew violations and released to their parents, who subsequently were cited for allowing juveniles to be out past curfew.
An investigation is on-going into several assaults on police officers, which are directly related to fireworks being shot at the officers.
Officers did express their appreciation of residents who cooperated with police and supported them as they worked to clear the scene.
In a separate incident, a 16-year-old was injured while attempting to light a mortar in the 900 block of North 24th Street. The youth was treated at a local hospital, and transferred to a Nashville hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Paducah police officers will be strictly enforcing the city’s curfew and fireworks ordinances throughout the weekend. Article VI of Paducah’s Code of Ordinance states that minors cannot be in any public place between the hours of 1-5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 p.m. Sunday night through Thursday night until 5 a.m. the following day.
The police department has been working closely with the Paducah Housing Authority today to provide a safe environment for the residents.