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Law here thankful for quiet holiday

Local law enforcement officials breathed a sigh of relief todayas a significant holiday ended with no tragedies.

“There was no major activity, just routine calls, so we’reblessed with that,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Fred McKee.

Authorities believe the fairly uneventful Independence Day wasthe result of extra care taken by Lincoln County residents to makethe national holiday pleasant.

“It was the cooperation of the general public that made thisholiday quiet and a general success,” said Lincoln County SheriffLynn Boyte.

Although no major accidents were reported by the MississippiHighway Patrol, other authorities report having a busy day.

While most calls were routine, law enforcement agencies wereswamped by complaints about fireworks on Sunday, Monday andTuesday.

“We had numerous fireworks calls. I would think more than someof the past Fourth of Julys,” said McKee.

The police department responded to 18 calls Tuesday concerningfireworks being used inside the city limits, which is an illegalact.

Motor vehicle accidents were kept to a minimum as patrols werebeefed up to check for intoxicated drivers and safety belt use.

Only two accidents were reported in the city limits, and two inthe county on the Fourth of July.

Law enforcement in neighboring counties also reported littleactivity for the holiday.