CT police, firefighters brace themselves for tough week

Southwestern Connecticut police and fire officials say dangerous celebrating makes the Independence Day holiday a tough work week.

?The Fourth of July is always busy for us,? said Assistant Chief Robert Petrucelli of the Bridgeport Fire Department. Petrucelli says since this year?s holiday falls in the middle of the week, residents may be celebrating dangerously from weekend to weekend.

Petrucelli says the prevalence of fireworks, like bottle rockets and Roman candles, leads to fires each year.

Police are also taking measures to monitor road safety. The New Canaan police organized DUI checkpoints on June 28.

The Stamford Police Department also initiated a holiday crackdown on June 28. Since that day, there have been 13 DWI arrests and 41 other arrests in Stamford. Lieutenant Sean Cooney says the holiday creates nearly ?a weeklong weekend.?

?If it's busy,? said Petrucelli. ?We will certainly be here and be available to handle the situation.?

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