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BEHIND THE SCENES: Fireworks patrol with CSPD

Fireworks Patrol

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs Police are working hard to keep up with fireworks complaints. There were hundreds of calls over the weekend and many more Monday night.

So, how do they prioritize these calls and what are they doing to crack down on violators? We rode a long with Sgt. Keith Wrede Monday night to find out.

"As we get closer to the 4th of July, the calls increase," Wrede said.

Since Friday, Colorado Springs police have received 200 firework complaints.

"On my scanner, I heard there's a firework complaint in the 1600 block of West Boulder," Wrede said.

Wrede and all officers respond to those calls based on priority.

"This is high priority because it comes in as a reckless endangerment. Somebody is shooting fireworks at people's house's. So, now we have the potential for property damage," he said.

On scene, no one fessed, so no one was ticketed.

Wrede says that's the tough part about responding to firework calls. If he doesn't see it happen or no one admits to it, he can't issue a citation. Another added challenge is staffing. The department is short staffed so a majority of the officers are out on more important calls.

After leaving that call and heading to the next we hear fireworks.

"Were hearing some bottle rockets," Wrede said to dispatchers.

"You hear them, but hard to pinpoint where they're coming from," he said.

Again, people are illegally lighting fireworks but no one is seen.

"Since we came on shift at 5 o'clock, this is our fourth firework call in the city we've responded to or been notified of," Wrede said.

This time it's not a high priority so he will instead respond to more important calls.

A reminder, if you are caught, the fine can be up to $2,500 or 189 days in jail.

"Sometimes we catch people and give them a ticket, sometimes we don't. It just depends on the nature of it," Wrede said.

If you see or hear fireworks you're asked to call police.
 


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