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Fireworks ban troubles some Memphians

You don't have to go far to find kids playing with illegal fireworks on Memphis city streets.

But, cross the state border into Mississippi or Arkansas and fireworks retailers are reaping the benefits of the Memphis fireworks ban.
    
Most of these license plates are from Tennessee.

Memphian Antoinette Katoe says, "Same like the casinos.  People go way out to the casinos and do that and that's where all the business goes so hey."

Every year people cross the Arkansas Bridge to fill the aisles, and the cash registers of this fireworks stand.

But the ban has this Memphis visitor holding onto her cash.

Memphis visitor Amanda Szemak says, "I think it's terrible.  I think it's ridiculous.  You know, especially during the holidays like the Fourth of July."

Szemak continues, "While some say the fireworks ban ruins the 4th of July, police say violators light up their switchboards."

On any given day police respond to 2700 calls for service, and that's not on a holiday.

Sgt. Vince Higgins with the Memphis Police Department says, "So you add in probably some 6 to 700  calls for service about people discharging fireworks.  So now we're up to 3400."

Police warn that fireworks can cause serious injury and even death.
    
They also pose a fire threat with little rain in recent days.

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