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Only one fireworks ticket has been issued in Colorado Springs since June 30

Only one fireworks ticket has been issued in Colorado Springs since June 30

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs residents probably saw a lot more fireworks launching into the night sky this week than they expected.

Despite a major push by law enforcement and firefighters ahead of the July 4 holiday, illegal fireworks were still prevalent in the city.

On Reddit, a Colorado Springs user posted a thread describing what happened last night as “an active war zone outside.” The post generated hundreds of comments, with many lamenting the number of launches and explosions in the area.

However, as of June 30, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) said it has only issued one citation for fireworks-related activity.

A CSPD spokesperson said the lack of fines was due to a few factors, but the main reason is the way the ordinance is written.

“Our officers have to physically see someone light fireworks in order for them to issue a citation,” Caitlin Ford, CSPD’s senior public communications specialist, said in an email. “Often when our officers arrive at the call for service, people don’t light them at that time, so we can’t issue a citation. We do, however, confiscate and educate.”

Ford said CSPD has received 251 calls for service for fireworks since June 30.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has not yet responded to a request for its citation number.

This report will be updated with responses from EPCSO and the City of Colorado Springs.

All types of fuse-operated fireworks that require a flame to ignite are illegal within the city limits of Colorado Springs.

Statewide, any type of firework that comes off the ground is illegal.

Possession, use and sale of fireworks within the city limits of Colorado Springs could result in fines of up to $2,500 and/or up to 189 days in jail. The citations also require a mandatory appearance in municipal court.

“It’s a serious issue for the community. It seems like every year we’re seeing more fireworks and a lot of questions about why they’re not doing enough to enforce the law,” CSFD Deputy Fire Chief Kris Cooper said in an interview earlier this week.

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