It’s not unexpected to see an uptick in emergency calls on the Fourth of July. 

After all, there is a lot of activity as families get together and communities celebrate. 

“It went crazy for a little while,” said Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis. 

The Richfield Department of Public Safety Communication Center fielded 190 911 calls in a 48-hour period stretching from Friday to Saturday. In that same period there were 302 non-emergency calls in Sevier, Piute, and Wayne counties. Law enforcement pulled 116 case numbers, while emergency medical services dealt with 27 incidents. 

There were the regular fire calls resulting from fireworks, as well as fireworks complaints, which are expected on the Independence Day holiday. 

One of the fires delayed the Salina fireworks display by approximately an hour. 

A fire in Richfield burned up brush on the west side of town as the city’s fireworks display was going. After Richfield’s fireworks ended, several calls came into dispatch including a missing woman, who was later found unharmed in Marysvale, Curtis said. There was a possible heart attack at the fairgrounds also reported following the fireworks. 

One of the more unique calls of the night was a Richfield family who called dispatch to report a badger in their backyard.

“We appreciate our first responders and dispatchers working so hard on the holiday,” Curtis said. 

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