Wednesday, June 27, 2012
As we approach the July 4th holiday, calls-for-service regarding fireworks complaints are expected to increase. The public is reminded that fireworks within the City limits of Colorado Springs are illegal; with the exception of paper caps for toy guns, and other paper cap fireworks containing no more than 1/2500 grain of explosive content per cap.
Due to the extreme fire hazard this year, the City has adopted a Zero Tolerance policy concerning the possession and/or use of fireworks. This means if we respond to a call for service and apprehend any individual in possession of or using fireworks within the City limits, they will be issued a summons to appear in Court. This effort is in conjunction with the open fire ban, which is in place within the State of Colorado.
Citizens are reminded that it is a violation of City Ordinance to possess and/or use fireworks. A conviction for such a violation may carry a fine of up to $500.00 and/or 90 days in jail. If property damage or injury occurs as a result of such a violation the perpetrator may be charged with the Colorado State statute of Arson.
The City will deploy extra patrols to actively look for and cite fireworks violations.
Our community partnerships with the over 800 Neighborhood Watch Block Captains, Business Watch and Apartment Watch groups are being asked to act as the Eyes and Ears for the community in order to help keep our respective neighborhoods safe. These members will be reporting fireworks violations to the police department for enforcement action as resources allow.
The community is encouraged to celebrate Independence Day in a safe manner.