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Police Department Uses Heat Maps to Show Areas with the Most Illegal Fireworks Activity on 4th of July Weekend

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, NJ –  The Barnegat Police department used heat maps and citizen interaction to identify fireworks hotspots on Independence Day.

“Thank you to the Barnegat community for working with us to address the fireworks issues that had the greater Ocean County area looking like Magic Kingdom last night,” the department said.

From July 1st through midnight last night, the BTPD responded to 64 fireworks complaints.

38 of those complaints were received yesterday (4th of July).

28 of those complaints were received between 8p-9:30p last night.

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Several individuals have been charged with illegal fireworks possession/use.

“If you’re wondering where the complaints occurred, attached are two maps. One is a heat map representing the concentration of fireworks calls over the last four days. The other has a “P” flag on each location of a fireworks complaint over the same period,” the department said. “And for those keeping score at home, during the same four days in 2019, we had (1) fireworks complaint. Yes, that’s a one. We will be out again tonight proactively patrolling for fireworks violations.”

If nothing else is accomplished with this data, it could give you a good idea on where the best outlaw fireworks shows will be in the future.

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