COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Police Department will join forces with the Colorado Springs Fire Department in deploying multiple patrols focused on the illegal use of fireworks on the July 4 holiday. Violators will be cited and released and fireworks will be confiscated. Possession, use and/or the sale of fireworks is subject to a fine up to $2,500 and/or up to 189 days in jail. All citations will demand a mandatory court appearance in municipal court.
All fireworks are illegal in the City of Colorado Springs.
“Given the high fire danger, I’m very pleased that we have the resources to send out these patrols this year,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey. “If you look around the state right now, there is an awful lot of devastation from wildfires. We hope people will voluntarily comply with the City’s fireworks ban out of concern for public safety, but those who choose to put our city at risk could see consequences.”
The City of Colorado Springs encourages residents to attend a permitted public fireworks show instead of engaging in illegal use of private fireworks. All commercial public fireworks displays are carefully regulated and permitted through a rigorous plan review and inspection process.
“A lot of people ask me why fireworks are illegal in Colorado Springs and the answer is really simple,” said CSFD Chief Ted Collas. “We live in a very arid environment. Fireworks by their very nature are unpredictable. They bounce around, they explode, they set off flame and they shower the area with sparks. Any one of those sparks can have devastating effects.”
“Considering our very dry conditions, the private use of fireworks represents a serious risk to the city and we see injuries every year caused by fireworks,” said CSFD Chief Ted Collas. “We plan to enforce the ban very strongly this year, and we ask the public’s help in complying and reporting those who choose to use fireworks illegally.”
To report the illegal use of fireworks, residents are encouraged to call 719-444-7000. 911 should be reserved for emergencies only.