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20 charged in July 4th fireworks melee in Minneapolis' Dinkytown

The fireworks were shot at other people in the area and responding officers, charges say

Twenty people have been charged with riotous behavior and shooting fireworks at other people the night of July 4th in Minneapolis' Dinkytown area.

So far, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office has charged people with offenses including second-degree rioting while armed with a dangerous weapon - a felony - and fleeing police. Charges against others could still come as the County Attorney's Office continues to review the late-night incidents, spokesman Daniel Borgertpoepping said.

Although the night had fewer fights and less gun violence than the city has seen in recent years on July 4th, Hassanen Mohamed, executive director of the Minnesota Somali Community Center, said he recognizes it's still a serious issue. Mohamed said he thinks part of the solution is working to intervene and divert the participants from going in the first place.


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