Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July fireworks rampant in the area despite fire restrictions

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 4:22 PM

click to enlarge This pile is but a tiny fraction of what careless residents managed to shoot off leading up to, and on the 4th of July. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department
  • This pile is but a tiny fraction of what careless residents managed to shoot off leading up to, and on the 4th of July.
At first, on July 4th, it seemed like everyone had taken to heart the warning against shooting off fireworks during this dry spell, underscored by raging fires in the mountains, and restrictions placed on sales and ownership of fireworks.

But as dusk fell on the 4th, bangs, pops and whizzy noises erupted throughout Colorado Springs.

Today, July 5, the Colorado Springs Police Department invited the media to view some of the fireworks confiscated from residents.

The CSPD also announced that of the 5,793 calls for service dialed into the CSPD from midnight July 1 through 11:20 a.m. July 5, 414 were related to fireworks complaints. Those include calls made by citizens, all follow-up calls, traffic stops and officer-initiated activity.

That's 7 percent of all calls.

However, the CSPD hasn't said how many, if any, citations were issued.

From a high point in north Colorado Springs, looking out over the city, one could view hundreds if not thousands of "private" aerial displays taking place. Luckily, the rains came, dampening the possibility of fires triggered by the fireworks.

We've asked how many citations were issued and will circle back if we get that information.

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