Jul 2, 2014 12:43 AM by Kelsey Kennedy
Fireworks aren't banned this year in areas where they're legal like unincorporated El Paso and Pueblo counties. We want to be clear, there are consequences if you're caught setting off fireworks inside the Colorado Springs city limits.
You can even be cited for being in possession of fireworks within city limits. With a no tolerance policy in place this Fourth of July, you can expect a hefty punishment if you're caught.
"A ticket is $500 and or 90 days in jail," says Deputy Fire Marshal Kris Cooper.
That goes for any and all fireworks, even sparklers. They are illegal inside the city. But with no fire bans in place, certain fireworks are permissible, only in unincorporated parts of El Paso and Pueblo counties.
"It is confusing for people," Cooper says. "The fireworks stands are put up in unincorporated parts of the County. Unfortunately,
there are some enclaves that are adjacent to, or within the city boundaries."
All fireworks citations come with at least a mandatory court appearance.
"If someone does start a fire with fireworks, they will be subject to arson charges, above and beyond the possession
of fireworks charges. The arson could be a felony charge."
Both the fire and police departments will be on patrol this holiday weekend. Cooper says fire danger in our dry climate is one reason for the enforcement, the other is safety.
"Fireworks burn at a very high temperature," he says. Sparklers are over 1,200 degrees. They can create burns very quickly,
and the only thing that pops is a miniature explosive. They can inflict a lot of harm."
If you're hurt by the illegal use of fireworks, first responders will absolutely give you the medical attention you need first. Then they'll consider the circumstances, and consider citing you.
"We just ask the community to play it safe, to come out to the public displays in the community, and leave it to the professionals."
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