Police cracking down on fireworks

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Englewood police urge residents to leave fireworks to the professionals around the July 4 holiday or face a ticket and possible fine.

The municipal ticket can mean a court appearance where the judge determines the penalties, with a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or 360 days in jail.

The Englewood Police Department announced officers will be strictly enforcing the city regulations prohibiting possession, storing, selling, using or igniting fireworks in the city limits except with a permit from Englewood’s fire marshal. The ban on private use of fireworks prohibits the use of all kinds of fireworks, including sparklers.

A statement from the city said Englewood police always take fireworks violations seriously. However, with all the recent wildfires throughout the state and the ongoing open-burning ban in Englewood and Arapahoe County, officers will be cracking down even harder this summer.

Extra patrols are being added before, during, and after the Fourth of July holiday, with several officers assigned specifically to enforce fireworks violations.

Residents who enjoy fireworks are encouraged to attend the professional display at the annual Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks on July 4 at Belleview Park, Cornerstone Park and Progress Park, all located near the intersection of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street in Englewood.

For a complete schedule of events at this year's Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks, visit Englewood's website: www.englewoodgov.org/englewood-happenings/4th-of-july-festivities. There is an open burning ban in Englewood and event organizers are keeping a close eye on conditions, but at this time there are no plans to cancel the professional fireworks display at Cornerstone Park.