PADUCAH — Paducah Police officers are reminding the public that they will be strictly enforcing the city’s curfew and fireworks ordinances throughout the weekend after receiving more than 50 calls regarding illegal use of fireworks, including one seriously injured teenager.
The majority of the calls to police came on Thursday evening, including a woman who called just after 10 p.m. to report some people had shot fireworks at her and her 4-year-old child outside their apartment, say police.
Officers say when they arrived at the apartment complex, an aerial firework (also known as a “mortar”) was shot in the officers direction. One officer was hit in the chest by pieces of a mortar, which caused burns to the officer’s uniform. A large crowd of people were shooting fireworks and paintball guns at each other, buildings, and vehicles. A police cruiser was hit by paintballs.
Police say two juveniles were cited on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and curfew violations then were released to their parents, who were cited for allowing minors to be out past curfew.
The Police Department says an investigation is on-going into several assaults on police officers, which are directly related to having fireworks being shot at them.
The departments says in a separate incident, a 16-year-old was hurt while trying to light a mortar. The teenager was treated at a local hospital, and transferred to a Nashville hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The Police officers say Article VI of Paducah’s Code of Ordinance states that minors cannot be in any public place between the hours of 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day from Sunday through Thursday.