Firestone Issues Emergency Ordinance to Enforce Fireworks Ban
Given the extraordinary dry conditions and dangerous fire conditions in the state, at the June 27, 2012, Firestone Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted to enact Ordinance No. 805 prohibiting the sale, use, discharge or explosion of permissible private use fireworks within the Town of Firestone on dates surrounding July 4, when such activities would otherwise be permitted.
The Ordinance authorizes the Town of Firestone to regulate and restrain the use of fireworks, firecrackers, torpedoes, roman candles, skyrockets and other pyrotechnic displays. The Firestone Police Department will have dedicated personnel on duty during the July 4 holiday and will be significantly stepping up its efforts to contain this and issuing citations to violators.
The approved Ordinance makes the Town of Firestone’s policies consistent with the executive order issued by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on June 14, 2012.
The executive order issued by Hickenlooper does permit professional, commercial or municipal displays with written permission by the county sheriff. The Town of Firestone has received permission to continue with its July 4 fireworks show planned for 9:30 p.m. at Saddleback Golf Club. As of today, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District has determined the site is safe and secure for the fireworks launch, but will continue to monitor the land conditions and weather. If there are any unsafe weather conditions, the show will be cancelled and residents will be notified. Cancellation notices will be posted on the Town’s website at www.ci.firestone.co.us, social media networks and through the Town’s notification system.
A Message from Firestone Police Chief David Montgomery:
Hello, this is Police Chief David Montgomery with the Firestone Police Department. As many of you are aware, Colorado is facing an extraordinary dry year with many fires across our state. In light of that, the Town of Firestone is enforcing the statewide ban of open burning and private use of fireworks in a coordinated effort with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and the Firestone Police Department. In addition to a ban in private use of fireworks, the open burn ban also includes outdoor firepits, torches and open flames of any kind. The police department will have dedicated personnel on duty for the July 4th holiday and will be issuing citations to violators. To report any abuse of the fire ban, call 720-652-4222.
The Town of Firestone did receive permission from the Weld County Sheriff to continue with its municipal fireworks show, weather permitting. The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District has determined the site and conditions are safe, but the final determination will be weather permitting on July 4. If it is cancelled, a call will go out to residents.
We appreciate your understanding as we work with you to make this a safe and enjoyable community.