Illegal fireworks use in Claremore

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Updated: 7/03/2013 8:55 am Published: 7/02/2013 10:17 pm

Claremore police told FOX23 they are on the lookout for anyone who is not adhering to the city's fireworks ordinance.

"One was so loud it shook the house," said Bill Johnson.

Just off Highway 20 in Claremore is the source of some of the noise. Bridgett Cox has been filling bags with an assortment of fireworks for days. Even so, she knows not all of her customers are following the rules.

"Police can't check everyone," said Cox.

Cox is referring to the people who refuse to purchase firework permits.

"Why spend their money if they're not getting checked?" said Cox.

You don't need a permit to buy fireworks, but you do need one to pop them in Claremore city limits.

Police told FOX23 the people who don't pay up front could pay big time in the end: $230 in fines.

"We have a lot of fireworks calls about dark, until 2 or 3 in the morning," said Officer Milbun Litterell.

We've learned many of those calls are coming from angry citizens who are telling on neighbors who didn't buy the $25 permit.

"I had mine, so that's all that mattered," said Cox.

"You have to follow the law," said Johnson.

Johnson told said he has bought a permit every year.

"The only time I care about shooting them is on the Fourth," said Johnson.

Wednesday is the last day anyone can buy a fireworks permit in Claremore.

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