All fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Englewood and those who decide to ignore the ban could find themselves facing a municipal court …
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All fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Englewood and
those who decide to ignore the ban could find themselves facing a
municipal court date as Englewood police are stepping up fireworks
Englewood Police Commander Sam Watson said fireworks violation
complaints are particularly heavy in the weeks surrounding July 4.
During that time, police seek to run down a couple hundred
complaints, Watson said.
He suggested individuals who like fireworks go to Cornerstone
Park on July 4 for the city-sponsored show or visit one of the
other professional fireworks displays around the metro area.
The pop, pop, pop of fireworks being set off are often a
nuisance to those who don’t want to hear them, and to try to catch
those creating the disturbance, Englewood police will add extra
patrols as they seek to step up enforcement the couple weeks before
and after July 4. Watson said several officers will be assigned
specifically to deal with fireworks violation complaints.
Residents caught violating the fireworks ban will be issued a
ticket requiring an appearance in municipal court in which the
judge could sentence the offender to up to 360 days in jail and
impose of fine of up to $1,000.
While most local jurisdictions have bans similar to Englewood’s,
enforcing them is difficult because of the easy accessibility to
fireworks since there are no restrictions on sales of fireworks in
unincorporated Arapahoe County. This is despite repeated efforts by
law enforcement agencies in the county and state to outlaw all
fireworks, except for professional displays.
The result is, tents housing fireworks pop up on vacant lots and
areas around the county.
Police officials also say enforcement is difficult because the
complaint usually comes in when the fireworks are being set off and
those who did it are often no longer in the area by the time police
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