Crime

Jul 9, 2014 9:10 PM by Andy Koen

Fireworks calls swamped Pueblo dispatchers

PUEBLO - Nearly half of the 500 emergency calls fielded by dispatchers in Pueblo during the 4th of July weekend were for complaints of illegal fireworks. In all, Puebloans called the cops 243 times over the three day weekend, an average of 81 calls per day.

The fireworks seized by the Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad from just three major cases were enough to line the shelves inside a 40 foot shipping container. The police department will store the artillery shells, firecrackers and other flying and exploding devices as evidence until the cases are resolved in the courts. Once those cases wrap up, the fireworks will be destroyed in a controlled burn.

"I think people just want to light off fireworks," said the bomb squad's Sgt. Dustin Taylor. "Either they just don't understand, or they just don't care and they want to see the big booms."

In one criminal case, a suspected illegal fireworks dealer refused to come outside and accept his ticket. Officers were forced to go to court and get an arrest warrant as a result.

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