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Community frustrated over aftermath of Chico State graduation celebration

Chico neighbors are frustrated about the broken glass, burnt couches and trash in the streets of downtown following graduation parties.

Posted: May 24, 2021 6:10 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico neighbors are frustrated over the amount of trash left behind from Chico State graduation parties.

The aftermath of glass in the streets, burnt couches, and trash on the sidewalks from Chico State graduation parties have nearby neighbors upset.

"These kids don't really live here,” said Chico resident Chad Prescott. “They are only here for a little while so they don't really treat it as their own. they thrash the neighborhood pretty much.

Prescott has lived in his house near Chico State for over two years.

He said not only is the neighborhood filled with trash but it is also filled with broken glass and this is a big concern for Prescott.

"There is glass out on the sidewalk,” said Prescott. “Clean it up. People walk their dogs out on the street and we don't want our dogs getting hurt, which has already happened. So just have a little more respect."

People who were walking through the neighborhood near Hazel Street and 6th Street said they saw a couch being lit on fire around 3 a.m. 

Chico fire said it responded to five calls Sunday night of couches being reported on fire.

"It delays our response to real emergencies,” said Battalion Chief for Chico Fire Jim Lucanic. “Someone could be having a heart attack down the street and now they have a got a two-minute delay because a few people threw a couple of drinks back and went and lit a couch on fire in the middle of the street.”

Chico Fire Department said participating in this activity is dangerous for many reasons.

"They can get burn injuries,” said Lucanic. “It can get close to houses. Sometimes it is in dumpsters when they burn this furniture so it can be up against an apartment building. Typically, when they light these pieces of furniture on fire it is near homes and when people are sleeping."

Chico fire said last year it only responded to one couch fire and this year it responded to a total of nine couches being on fire over the past seven days.

Tuesday, public works will hold two drop dash events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where graduates can come and drop off household items or clothes to donate. This event will take place on the corner of 3rd Street and Orange Street.

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