CORRECTION: Lighting personal fireworks is illegal in Commerce City
CORRECTION: It is illegal to possess, make, use or sell fireworks – even small sparklers – within Commerce City and on June 18 city council held an emergency ordinance and voted to increase the fine to $500 for the first offense and $750 for each subsequent offense.
Fireworks pose a direct risk to the public’s health, safety and welfare including injury, death and property damage. Last year, the police department received 369 calls for service relating to fireworks and there were at least two structure fires as a result of unlawful fireworks around the July 4 holiday.
“I’m all about celebrating the independence of this country, but there is a limitation when it comes to the safety and well-being of the people in this community,” said Mayor Sean Ford during Monday’s council meeting. “The only way we can try to show the residents that we’re trying to do our part is by placing a higher fine on those who violate the city’s ordinance.”
The Commerce City Police Department is committed to enforcing the fireworks ban. To report the use of fireworks in Commerce City, call the non-emergency dispatch line at 303-288-1535. Fireworks complaints will be given priority in the period around July 4. Do not call 911 to report fireworks violations, since this could slow down response times for life-threatening emergencies.
Residents are invited to view one of Colorado’s largest professional fireworks displays at the annual 4thFest outside Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The free event starts at 5 p.m., with the fireworks display starting after the Colorado Rapids game.