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Fourth was pretty calm in Paris

<p>Fourth of July celebration: Some of those attending the Logan County Museum’s annual Fourth of July celebration dig in to a picnic lunch served after the event. The event included patriotic music and an address by the Rev. Mike Smith, pastor of First Unived Methodist Church in Paris</p>

Fourth of July celebration: Some of those attending the Logan County Museum’s annual Fourth of July celebration dig in to a picnic lunch served after the event. The event included patriotic music and an address by the Rev. Mike Smith, pastor of First Unived Methodist Church in Paris

With the exception of one incident, it was a calm Fourth of July holiday period in Paris, according to Police Chief John O’Brien.

That exception came at 12:40 a.m. on Friday, July 5 when some type of explosive device detonated inside a mail box in front of a residence on North Hickory Street, according to Paris Police Department reports.

The report states that an officer was patrolling the area when he noticed an “uncontrolled fire” at the end of a driveway on North Hickory. The officer contacted the Paris Volunteer Fire Department, which responded and put out the blaze, according to the incident report.

The report further states that PVFD Chief John Wells could not determine the type of device or the type of material used.

Last year, shooting off fireworks was banned in Logan County because of hot and dry conditions. No such ban was in place this year. Shooting off fireworks is banned by ordinance in the city of Paris.

O’Brien said the police department received four calls about fireworks and officers observed fireworks being shot off between July 4 and July 6.

“In each case, officers issued a one-time warning and didn’t have to go back to those locations,” O’Brien said. “Overall, it was a pretty calm Fourth of July, not bad at all.”

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