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Reports of gunfire in Canton neighborhood turn out to be fireworks

October 13, 2015

A dispute between neighbors resulted in one neighbor shooting off fireworks, which the other neighbor believed was gunfire.

An on-going dispute between neighbors left one calling police to report that gunshots had been fired Monday morning in a northeast Canton neighborhood.

The city’s ShotSpotter system, which detects instances of gunfire, did not alert police because no gunshots were fired, police said.

Stark County Jail records, however, said a 46-year-old 18th Street NE man was arrested on a misdemeanor inducing panic charge at 11 a.m. at 17th Street and Rowland Avenue NE after he “set off fireworks, causing the neighbors to believe a gun was being fired.”

Lt. James Cole said neighbors called police to report what had “sounded like a .22-caliber” handgun.

Officers found no gun, he said.Instead, they discovered an on-going dispute that included threats between the man and another neighbor. The nature of the dispute was not known.

The man remained in the jail early Tuesday, held in lieu of $1,000 bond pending a Canton Municipal Court hearing.