Illegal fireworks complaints in Fort Collins on the decline

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July
English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a press release from the Poudre Fire Authority, the number of complaints for illegal firework usage declined this year.

“From June 28 through July 6 (the annual peak of fireworks complaints), the City of Fort Collins saw a 36% reduction in fireworks related complaints,” said Patrick Love, PIO for Poudre Fire Authority.

According to the press release issued by Poudre Fire Authority, the number of citations and confiscated fireworks also experienced drastic increase this year, possibly impacting the noise complaints prior.

According to Fort Collins Police Lt. Mike Trombley, 30 citations were given to those with illegal fireworks. Fines for possession of illegal fireworks, or fireworks without a permit, are set at $1,000.

“Of the 308 complaints received over the 9 days, approximately half came in during a 7-hour period on July 4th,” Love said.

The following fireworks statistics in Fort Collins were provided by Poudre Fire Authority.

2011 – 478 complaints, 7 citations, no tracking on the amount of fireworks seized

2012 – 99 complaints, 8 citations, 15 lbs. of fireworks seized

2013 – 308 complaints, 30 citations, over 60 lbs. of fireworks seized.

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