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For Immediate Release  • July 11, 2012
Staff Contact: Jim Lynch, Fire Marshall, 303-651-8624
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Longmont Lifts Ban on Legal Fireworks

JULY 10, 2012 - UPDATE - The City of Longmont has lifted its ban on legal fireworks. Legal fireworks are permitted only on private property. Those include snakes, sparklers and fountains. Longmont Public Safety will continue its aggressive enforcement of illegal fireworks. You can be fined up to $500 and be sentenced to 90 days in jail for using illegal fireworks.

ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

· All fireworks that leave the ground and explode are illegal in Longmont.
· Legal fireworks (sparklers, snakes, fountains) are permitted on private property ONLY. Fireworks of any kind are not permitted on Longmont city streets, parks, golf courses, etc.
· Stands in the Longmont city limits sell fireworks legal in Longmont.
· Fines for use of illegal fireworks are up to $500 and 90 days in jail.
· Longmont Police and Fire will work diligently to keep neighborhoods safe and ticket those who are not in compliance.

Longmont Police and Fire departments will be out in force to keep neighborhoods safe and ticket those who are not in compliance. For more information visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/fire/fire_safety/fireworks.htm.

 

 

Longmont Bans Sales and Use of All Fireworks

JUNE 29, 2012 - UPDATE - The City of Longmont has banned the sales and use of all fireworks in the city.Fireworks of any kind are not permitted on Longmont city streets, parks, golf courses, and other public areas. You can be fined up to $500 and be sentenced to 90 days in jail for using illegal fireworks. Longmont Police and Fire departments will be out in force to keep neighborhoods safe and ticket those who are not in compliance. For more information visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/fire/fire_safety/fireworks.htm. A decision on the annual fireworks show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds will be made on Monday, July 2.

 

Longmont Allows Sales of Fireworks

JUNE 28, 2012 - UPDATE - A decision on whether to cancel the City's fireworks display at the Boulder County Fairgrounds on July 4 will be made on Monday, July 2.

JUNE 18, 2012 – City officials are not planning to ban the sale of fireworks in the city since the use of legal fireworks does not pose any additional threat to the public’s safety in Longmont’s urban setting. 

The High Park wildfire burning in Larimer County prompted Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to issue an executive order last week that bans open burning and private use of fireworks.  Municipalities, however, can determine whether to ban within municipal limits or not.  Jim Lynch, Longmont Fire Marshall, stated this afternoon that “the sale and use of legal fireworks does not pose any additional risk than during a typical year in Longmont’s urban setting”. 

Public Safety officials will aggressively enforce the use of illegal fireworks, including but not limited to firecrackers, M-80s, aerial shells, torpedoes, sky rockets, pop bottle rockets and roman candles.  Legal fireworks are essentially those that do not leave the ground or explode, and include cylindrical fountains, wheels, sparklers and snakes and can be purchased in any of the tent locations for which permits were issued around Longmont. 

In addition, the annual Fourth of July fireworks display at the Boulder County Fairgrounds will continue as scheduled. The governor’s order allows municipal fireworks displays with written permission from the county sheriff, who has granted permission due to the professional fire suppression staff that will be on hand.

HOW TO REPORT A FIREWORKS COMPLAINT

The public is reminded to use the Police Department’s non-emergency number, 303-651-8501, to register fireworks complaints. Remember that 9-1-1 is reserved for real emergencies. The caller may choose to remain anonymous or be identified in the course of the complaint. Anonymous calls will be aired to police units in the field, and if a unit is available it will respond to the area of the complaint. If the caller can identify the responsible person(s) for illegal fireworks use and is willing to pursue enforcement action as a witness, then an officer will be assigned the call. When a police officer arrives on site and confirms the misuse of fireworks or use of illegal fireworks, the officer will take the appropriate enforcement action. Offenders can be fined up to $500 and/or punishment of up to 90 days in jail for illegal possession and use of fireworks.

ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

· All fireworks that leave the ground and explode are illegal in Longmont.
· Legal fireworks (sparklers, snakes, fountains) are permitted on private property ONLY. Fireworks of any kind are not permitted on Longmont city streets, parks, golf courses, etc.
· Stands in the Longmont city limits sell fireworks legal in Longmont.
· Fines for use of illegal fireworks are up to $500 and 90 days in jail.
· Longmont Police and Fire will work diligently to keep neighborhoods safe and ticket those who are not in compliance.

For specific details regarding fireworks please visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/fire/fire_safety/fireworks.htm

 

ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY

JUNE 28, 2012 - UPDATE - A decision on whether to cancel the City's fireworks display at the Boulder County Fairgrounds on July 4 will be made on Monday, July 2.

Longmont’s Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday, July 4, begins when the Longmont Symphony Orchestra presents its annual free Independence Day concert at noon in Thompson Park, 4th Avenue and Bross Street. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. Later that evening, beginning at about 9:30 pm, the sky over Longmont will explode with the brilliance of hundreds of fireworks, sponsored by the City of Longmont with the generous support of the Skyline Kiwanis Club. The fireworks display takes place at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. For the best view, park at a nearby shopping center and either walk to the fenced area in front of the Jack Murphy arena or watch from anywhere within one mile of the fairgrounds. Handicap accessible parking will be available at the fairground’s south Nelson Road entrance. Handicap parking permits are required. Please leave pets at home and keep them inside, as fireworks can be quite stressful for animals.

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