Law enforcement responds to hundreds of calls of illegal firework use

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Some of the illegal fireworks confiscated by Colorado Springs Police on the Fourth of July / CSPD

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Independence Day marks a day for celebrations that light up the sky, but it also brings in hundreds of phone calls to law enforcement.

“The Sheriff’s Office tries to take more of a proactive approach to fighting crime, but when we’re going from call to call to call for service, it makes it difficult to have that proactive measure,” said Jacqueline Kirby, public information officer for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The use of all fireworks is illegal in all city limits, but the Colorado Springs Police Department says it’s still a common sight every Fourth of July.

In the county, only certain types are permitted.

“It was a very, very busy night. We had burglary calls, we had domestic violence calls, we had a lot of fire calls,” Kirby said.

Add that to 115 calls to the Sheriff’s Office from 5 to 11 p.m. on Monday night and nearly 600 calls to CSPD – all were related to fireworks.

Of that number, three teams of CSPD officers responded to 90 calls resulting in the confiscation of nearly 2,400 pieces of illegal fireworks.

“We’re still having to deal with all those in progress person-crimes that are occurring. So, when we have over 500 calls for service coming in dealing with illegal fireworks, it does take away from our call for service response time,” said Lt. Howard Black, public information officer for CSPD.

Both agencies say the firework regulations are to protect the community and whether you’re in the city or county, you could face a hefty fine and possible jail time.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says they responded to four small grass fires in the city due to fireworks.

No structures were damaged.

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