A fire blazed through an area on Bench Road July 5, threatening some horses and buildings. Neighbors rushed to help put out the flames. Photo credit.
With multiple brush and grass fires last week, the July 4 holiday was a hotbed of excitement in Othello. Many are believed to have been started by fireworks. It is illegal to set off fireworks inside city limits, Othello Police Department chief Steve Dunnagan said. His department responded to several calls of fireworks throughout town on the evening of July 4. There were also calls the day before and the day after. In total, they answered about eight firework calls, he said, a pretty average number. Some young people set off fireworks in Lions Park during the Fourth of July celebration. Tickets are generally only given to these people - people causing immediate danger to those around them. Lesser offenses often just get a warning to stop setting off fireworks. When a ticket is issued for discharging fireworks in city limits, it can result in up to a $500 fine for each offense. Adams County Fire District No. 5 also responded to muliple fires in the county, several around 10 p.m., July 4.