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Ride along with Pueblo PD on the Fourth of July

Calls about fireworks explode on the Fourth
Posted at 11:01 PM, Jul 04, 2019

PUEBLO — Illegal fireworks can be seen across the skies of Pueblo on the Fourth of July, so News 5 took a ride along to learn more about what officers deal with on the Fourth. During the ride along, which was right before it got dark, the officer we rode with did not respond to any calls related to fireworks.

However, those with the Pueblo Police Department said the main call they get on the Fourth of July is about illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks are ones that launch up into the air and explode. Using illegal fireworks could result in a citation and the seizure of the fireworks.

For the Fourth, the Pueblo Police Department had four officers on overtime to focus on the fireworks specifically. "It's a fun holiday, I don't think anybody wants to be spending it in the hospital because they had an accident with one. That's kind of why we have these enforcements out tonight," said Officer J.J. Ortiz. Officers said it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where a firework is coming from, so they appreciate the community's help in locating illegal fireworks.

The Pueblo Police Department said they receive so many calls about illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July, they ask people to call their non-emergency line at (719)553-2502.