McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Fire Chief Marc Harpham praised efforts by citizens to keep firework related calls to a minimum during one of the driest years in recent history. The McCook Fire Department received no firework-related calls on the final day of legal discharge, Thursday, and had a combined four calls for the entire 4th of July week.
"Overall, a good year considering the weather conditions. Our community deserves to be commended for another safe year," said Harpham.
Harpham said that of the four calls one was very minor, two were extinguished by residents with garden hoses prior to the fire department arriving and only one incident required fire personnel to extinguish.
That fire stemmed from a dumpster located between McCook Junior and Senior High Schools that was loaded with discarded fireworks and subsequently caught fire, Wednesday evening, burning the plastic lids and causing an estimated $100 in damage.