About 50 cited for fireworks in Denver

4:18 PM, Jul 5, 2010   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

"All of a sudden, the Fourth of July hit and people were just setting fireworks off ad nauseum. We had a lot of fireworks going off. It was just nonstop. We were just trying to keep up with it," Sonny Jackson, Denver Police spokesman, said.

Police say they confiscated enough fireworks to fill somewhere between four and five Dumpsters. Officers handed out both tickets and in some cases warnings.

The police and fire departments had additional staff, hoping to crack down on illegal use of fireworks.

"It was a situation where we had a lot of fireworks going off. We had officers on patrol, teaming up with firefighters - and they just couldn't - it was nonstop, we were trying to keep up with it," Jackson said.

Jackson thought the inclement weather might help, but dispatchers received more than 200 calls about fireworks.

"I thought that the rain would quell a lot of this," Jackson said. "I was watching the rain go down and I'm still hearing fireworks go off at the same time."

People who were issued a ticket face up to $999 in fines and six months in jail.

"That's a lot of aggravation for a pop," Jackson said.

All of the confiscated fireworks will be safely destroyed by the fire department.

(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

Most Watched Videos