Man cited for fireworks use following “shooting” call

A brief investigation revealed no firearms in the suspect’s possession

A call about a possible shooting and a man chasing another man with a gun in Aberdeen Saturday afternoon was revealed by a brief investigation to be nothing more than fireworks.

The call, centered on the 200 block of North F Street, came in at 12:14 p.m. on Saturday, said Cmdr. Steve Timmons of the Aberdeen Police Department. Officers arrived and located the suspect, a 46-year-old Aberdeen man.

“They got there pretty quick and detained the suspect,” Timmons said. “Checked him for firearms, one wasn’t located.”

The investigation, including the suspect’s own admission and testimony of witnesses, was that he had been using fireworks, Timmons said. Officers issued a citation for discharging fireworks in a reckless manner.

The city frowns on the reckless use of fireworks, Timmons said.

“You will be cited if you are recklessly discharging fireworks,” Timmons stated.

Police did not locate the other suspect, who allegedly threatened the first suspect, Timmons said.

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