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Think you hear fireworks or gunshots? Here's when you should call 911

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 18:21:25-04

INDIANAPOLIS — As the Fourth of July approaches, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is reminding people when you should and shouldn't call 911.

Dispatchers are already getting more calls this year for fireworks violations, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. They're expected to receive more than 3,000 firework-related calls just on the Fourth of July.

Unless someone is injured or property is damaged due to the fireworks, dispatchers are asking for residents to call 317-327-3811, according to the release. People can also call 311 on a mobile phone to report violations.

This graphic below from the sheriff's office explains when you should call 911 or the non-emergency line:

“We need citizens to do their part in ensuring that our 911 lines are not tied up with complaints about fireworks," Sheriff Kerry Forestal said in the release. "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.”