SEDGWICK CO., Kan. -

More than 150 people have called 911 this week to report fireworks nuisances.

That's not enough of a strain on the system to cause dispatchers to open the county's fireworks hotline early, said dispatch director Kim Pennington.

The hotline will open at 6:30 Thursday evening and remain active until 3:00 am Friday. Hours are the same all weekend until 3:00 am Sunday.

According to the county, 377 calls were made to the hotline in 2012, the first year it was open. The number grew to 490 last year, Pennington said.

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Even though many people are still dialing 911 for nuisance calls, dispatchers can quickly transfer them to the hotline and free up that emergency line.

The hotline number is: 316-290-1011.