Child admitted to Via Christi with fireworks injury, county takes more than 700 complaints

Sedgwick County said it received 6,298 emergency calls between July 1-4 and 1,132 non-emergency calls. Just over 700 of those were fireworks complaints.
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 12:23 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Ascension Via Christi said a child was admitted to the hospital for a fireworks injury this week. The hospital said the child was the only patient admitted to the hospital. No further information was provided about the child.

Via Christi said five adults and four children were treated for fireworks injuries at the hospital and released.

Additionally, Sedgwick County said it received 6,298 emergency calls between July 1-4 and 1,132 non-emergency calls. Just over 700 of those were fireworks complaints.

The WFD said a Saturday afternoon fire at a home near Grove and Shadybrook was caused by fireworks, likely children who were shooting roman candles, which are illegal in Wichita.

In one west Wichita neighborhood, resident Ted Blincoe said Monday night “was loud, very loud.”

“The neighbors, they like to celebrate, and they sure did,” he said.

Besides a concern with illegal fireworks being shot off in the area, neighbor Melissa Shuler said there was an issue with debris left behind.

“It’s everywhere out here,” she said. “When I woke up (Tuesday) morning and came outside, there were several neighbors out here taking pictures and just kind of like looking around as if a tornado hit. And it’s just debris everywhere.”

By Tuesday afternoon, much of the debris had finally been cleared.

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