Shaker Heights police chief recommends city stops sponsoring Fourth of July fireworks

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - Shaker Heights' Fourth of July fireworks could be in jeopardy.

At a city council meeting Monday night, the city's police chief and residents spoke out against the annual display.

The police chief cited safety as the main issue because fights are common during the event.

Residents discussed other problems.

"The cost of fireworks may be only $20,000 but then you add in the cost of overtime for all the policemen and safety forces, I think you're up to $40,000 and we just had a raise in taxes. I don't think we need to spend that money," a Shaker Heights resident said at the meeting.

Others called for a greater police presence and blamed large crowds of young people.

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