HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Police are seeking the arrest of people who threw fireworks at three officers — hitting at least one in his chest Saturday evening.
Police were in the city’s North End responding to a call about a large gathering with fireworks on July 4. When they arrived police became the target.
Police say three officers were hurt in this incident. The incident happened in the area of Garden and Capen Streets. Police say when they tried to address the crowd, people began throwing “large scale mortar fireworks” directly at the officers.
Three of them were hurt. At least one was hit in the chest with a firework that exploded on impact. Police say those responsible are facing several felony assault charges.
In a statement Monday evening, Hartford City Council President Maly D. Rosadoe City Council said of the incident, “During this time of civil unrest, there are many injustices that must be addressed, however, anyone that intentionally acts to harm another human being must be held accountable. The men and women of HPD work tirelessly to safeguard our community and many of them are our neighbors, friends, and family. My prayers are with the officers and their families and I wish them all a speedy recovery.”
Illegal fireworks have been a huge problem for weeks across the state. Last month, fire officials say a 17-month-old baby suffered second-degree burns as a result.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford Police 860-722-TIPS.