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St. Louis Fire Chief calls for stricter enforcement of illegal fireworks after fires breakout July 4

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The St. Louis Fire Department tweeted a video of a dumpster fire in the 5100 block of Vernon on July 4 (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department) The St. Louis Fire Department tweeted a video of a dumpster fire in the 5100 block of Vernon on July 4 (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis emergency crews were busy on July 4 responding to firework-related accidents.

Authorities say 50 dumpster fires, a dozen vacant house fires and two dozen children are hurt.

Dennis Jenkerson, Fire Chief for the St. Louis Fire Department says he is calling for stricter enforcement when it comes to illegal fireworks.

Jenkerson says his crews have been extremely busy since July 4. He is upset but he is not the only one.

Amy Schoenfeld says her family was scared as they watched their neighbors’ garage located in the 4500 block of Alaska in south St. Louis burn to the ground.

Schoenfeld shot the video of the incident.

“We saw huge flames kind of engulfing the roof then they actually went up into the tree,” said Schoenfeld.

Schoenfeld says she feels lucky the flames from her neighbors’ garage did not damage her property. She says the incident shows why her children are not allowed to play with fireworks.

“With the garage fires, the building fires and dumpster fires it kept us busy. Lord only knows what would have happened if it didn't rain three days in a row,” said Jenkerson.

Jenkerson says his crews were able to quickly respond to the 60 plus fires across the city. 50 of those fires were dumpster fires.

Jenkerson also mentions illegal fireworks are a growing problem and something needs to be done to stop it.

“We need a warning, we've warned you once. Next time you are going to get a ticket and the next time you are going to go to jail,” said Jenkerson.

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