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Safety Update: Boulder PD announces zero-tolerance for fireworks violations


The following is a Boulder Police Department news release.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Kim Kobel, Boulder Police, 303-441-3370

Police chief announces zero-tolerance for fireworks violations; increased patrols

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner says there will be no warnings for people who violate city fireworks restrictions this year. Anyone who breaks the law should expect a citation and depending on the offense, could possibly face arrest. It is illegal to use or possess fireworks in the city of Boulder, and anyone starting a fire with fireworks may face additional arson charges. 

Boulder police are increasing patrols leading up to the 4th of July and for a period of time following the holiday. Extra officers will be on the streets during this time, and specific officers will focus on dealing only with fireworks complaints during their shifts.

Residents should expect to see more officers at Chautauqua Park and Boulder Reservoir, as well as at Folsom Field on the Fourth of July.

There are a number of wildfires burning in Colorado, including the Flagstaff Fire in Boulder, and fire danger is unprecedented in our area. “In the past few weeks, Boulder police officers have responded to a couch fire, a chair fire in a city park and a fire in a middle-school soccer field. All of these fires were intentional,” says Chief Mark Beckner. “We cited a 21-year-old man for fourth degree arson after he admitted to setting Chinese lanterns on fire and letting the wind blow them away, into neighboring trees and yards. Pranks like these, coupled with people setting off fireworks, can turn dangerous very quickly. Boulder police will not tolerate anyone lighting or possessing fireworks within city limits,” says Beckner. “With the fire danger being so high and with a wildfire already on our doorstep, we just can’t take any chances with public safety.”

Police are asking residents to help them by reporting fireworks violations as soon as they see them. Police need the location of the activity and descriptions of the people involved, if possible.

In 2010, officers responded to 562 fireworks calls in the city of Boulder. That number jumped to 634 in 2011, and so far this year, the police department has received about 80 fireworks-related complaints. In 2011, Boulder police disposed of an estimated 100 pounds of confiscated fireworks.

The non-emergency number for Dispatch is 303-441-3333. Please call 9-1-1 if the fireworks call is an emergency or if there is a fire.