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A Busy 4th For Fire And EMS

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

D.C. Fire and EMS had it's hands full on the 4th of July with fireworks related calls.

Pete Piringer is a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, he says this 4th of July, like every 4th in the District, was busy.

"Extremely busy, 5 or 6 calls a minute at times," says Piringer.

Piringer anticipated this and had extra resources on hand.

"Typically, to give you an idea, in a 24-hour period, we'll handle about 450 calls for service. In a 3 hour period on the 4th of July we handled 250 calls for service," he says.

A spokesperson for Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue said things were comparatively quiet there. Fireworks are banned altogether in Maryland, and large fireworks are banned in Fairfax County and the District.

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