COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Emergency crews had their hands full on the night of July Fourth, and the days leading up to it were busy as well.
Dispatchers are reporting that the department received 687 fireworks related calls for first responders between July 1 and July 5.
362 of those calls occurred between 911 and the non-emergent line on July Fourth reporting fireworks being used in city limits.
A normal call volume for a 24 hour shift in Colorado Springs consists of approximately 187 calls for life safety situations such as rescues and emergency medical services. July Fourth saw that number spike to 238 calls for service.
Among these calls were 10 fires, which makes up a 21% increase in volume over the average daily value.
Dispatchers stated that the rise in call volume was due to the festivities, high use of illegal fireworks, and pleasant weather which allowed the festivities to go late into the night.
Colorado Springs Fire officials wished to reinforce the fact that constant vigilance is the best way to prevent fires this time of year. They recommend standard practices such as properly disposing of smoking devices, completely extinguishing fires, and obeying laws regarding fireworks.