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Alameda Police on the Fourth: By the Numbers

Independence Day was a busy one for the Alameda Police Department.

Alameda Police on the Fourth: By the Numbers

The Alameda Police Department received almost twice as many calls on the Fourth of July as it does on a normal day, according to an APD press release.

Police officers responded to 362 calls for service on the Fourth, including 111 fireworks-related incidents, the release said. One hundred of those calls came in between  received between 9 and 10 p.m.

On an average day the department receives 185 calls for the entire 24-hour period, police said.

"This year, the City of Alameda made the decision , just past the ferry terminal, for the Fourth of July," the report said. "The location had become very popular, with a large number of people flooding the area at the same time, some arriving as early as 11 a.m. to begin grilling, drinking alcoholic beverages and setting off illegal fireworks.

"The high volume of vehicles and the actions of some led to the decision for the closure. The police department’s goal of promoting community safety and effectively managing pedestrian and vehicular traffic was attained, in large part due to the closure."

The Fourth of July concluded with no major incidents reported to police, the release said.

to a child injured when he fell from his father's shoulders while watching the Fourth of July parade and to a woman who disrupted the parade briefly by tearing decorations off floats.

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