With the 4th of July holiday drawing near, the city reminds all residents that fireworks that leave the ground or explode are prohibited within city limits, per the city’s Uniform Fire Code.
Additionally, an Executive Order by Gov. John Hickenlooper in June has banned the use of all private fireworks throughout the state due to the high fire danger.
At this time, due to drought and the Governor’s announcement, all municipal summons and complaints written within the city for a firework violation will carry a minimum fine of $200 for adults, plus court costs. Juveniles may face a fine and/or community service.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 8,600 people were treated in a hospital emergency room because of fireworks-related injuries. More than half of the injuries were burns, and most injuries involved the head (including face, eyes, and ears) hands, fingers and legs. Children and young adults accounted for more than 50 percent of the estimated injuries.
Fireworks can also be very hazardous for surrounding homes and buildings. A National Fire Protection Association study found that fireworks started about 15,500 fires in 2010, causing $36 million in direct property damage.
Also, those loud pops, cracks and bangs from exploding fireworks place an undue noise burden on neighbors and may agitate pets.
Residents who hear or see illegal firework activity may call 911 to alert the Northglenn Police Department.
For those who want to enjoy fireworks, the city will once again host its annual July 4th Family Festival at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park. This all-day event on Independence Day is capped off by a spectacular fireworks show that is set to start at 9:30 p.m. Residents are invited to attend the 4th of July celebration and enjoy the firework display that is handled in an appropriate manner by professionals.