Commerical Fireworks Displays Canceled for 4th of July
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Due to resources committed to the Waldo Canyon Fire and the extreme fire danger in the city, the Colorado Springs Fire Marshal has denied all permits for commercial fireworks for the 4th of July. Nine commericial fireworks displays were anticipated in the city from July 1 – 6.
The city is currently in extreme fire danger due to lack of moisture, heat and wind. There are also heightened concerns due to numerous incendiary fire starts in the region over the last few days, including in Colorado Springs. These ignitions demand significant resources for response and CSFD staff must remain available for dynamic deployment, not committed to static locations such as public events. Due to the current demand of resources, vehicles and fire investigations, CSFD does not have capacity to provide fireworks patrols.
The Division of the Fire Marshal, in partnership with Teller and El Paso Counties, is responding to and investigating fires that may result from illegal fireworks activity, in addition to the incendiary starts that continue to occur. This is a top priority.
The Fire Marshal is requesting that citizens share the responsibility and be the eyes and ears for our community in order to keep the city safe. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious fire activity to law enforcement.