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Man carrying loaded rifle arrested during Fourth of July fireworksSubmitted: 07/06/2015
PARK FALLS - A man carrying a loaded rifle startled people watching the Park Falls fireworks Saturday night.

Several people called police around 10 p.m. reporting a man carrying a gun around the baseball field where the show happened.  When police arrived the man wasn't there.

Officers found the 38-year-old man sitting outside a nearby apartment building.  He was carrying an M1 .30-caliber rifle with 15 rounds.  The man had an additional 15-round magazine in his shirt.

Police Chief Scott Straetz says the man appeared to be extremely drunk.  Officers arrested him for carrying a firearm while intoxicated.  That's a class A misdemeanor.


The man did not make any threats, but the chief says the gun scared people in the crowd.

The man has not yet been charged.  Watch for updates to this story Monday on Newswatch 12 at 5.


Story By: Lane Kimble

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