For the second year in a row, Boulder police are announcing a zero-tolerance policy for fireworks violations, and this year, because of the dangerously dry conditions, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is adopting a similar zero-tolerance stance. It’s illegal to possess or explode fireworks within Town of Lyons, or anywhere within unincorporated Boulder County, and violators will be cited, or possibly arrested, depending on the offense. All other outdoor burning, slash fires, use of any kind of fireworks, model rockets, and all other outdoor spark or
flame producing activities are banned. Anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class 2 petty offense and may be subject to a $500 fine, in addition to any possible civil penalties. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses. Anyone starting a fire while using fireworks could face additional arson charges.
Fire danger is very high in Colorado, as we have seen recently with the multiple wildfires burning around the state, and Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner says he is concerned about protecting residents. “We are taking a cautious approach again this year, because we want everyone to be safe. Fireworks can be dangerous, and this kind of “fun” can turn into an emergency very quickly,” said Beckner. “Because our focus is community safety, the Boulder Police Department will not tolerate fireworks violations.”
Residents will notice increased patrols leading up to the holiday and on July 4; extra officers will staff Chautauqua Park, Boulder Reservoir and Folsom Field. The Boulder Fire-Rescue Department is currently conducting additional “severity patrols” on the outskirts of the city, and extra firefighters will be on duty during the fireworks show at Folsom Field.
“Given our recent weather patterns, we know it’s going to be another hot, dry summer,” said Boulder Fire-Rescue Chief Larry Donner. “People should understand that they don’t need to live in a forest to experience a disastrous fire. We want everyone to remember the holiday as a celebration, rather than as a marker for a tragedy.”
Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Nick Goldberger is asking the public for assistance: anyone who sees a fireworks violation is asked to report it immediately to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies will need the location of the violation and descriptions of the people involved. The non-emergency number for Dispatch is (303) 441-4444. Please call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency or a fire.