Marion County Sheriff’s Office Asks Public Not to Call 911 with Fireworks Complaints

The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest weekends for dispatchers in the Marion County Sheriff’s 911 Center. This year, the 911 Center expects to answer over 3,000 911 Calls on the 4th of July alone. 

Unless someone is injured, or property is damaged by fireworks, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatchers request that residents call the non-emergency telephone line, 317-327-3811, to report firework violations. Cellular telephone users in Marion County may also dial 311 for all non-emergencies.

Marion County Sheriff Kerry Forestal: “This Fourth of July, we are asking citizens to do their part in ensuring that our 911 lines are not tied up with complaints about fireworks. Please consider that someone with a life or death emergency needs to get through to 911 as quickly as possible. Calling 317-327-3811 or 311 can make a real difference in ensuring that someone who really needs help, gets help faster.”

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