Press release: Summit fire danger climbing; please leave Fourth of July fireworks to the experts




28 June 2016

Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209


Summit fire danger climbing; please leave Fourth of July fireworks to the experts

Summit County’s wildfire danger is creeping back up to high just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, prompting local officials to remind residents and visitors that fireworks that fly or explode are illegal – so please leave the show to the experts.

Individuals caught shooting off forbidden fireworks can be subjected to a ticket or fines of up to $750 and as much as six months in jail.

“Summit County law-enforcement agencies will be responding quickly to all fireworks calls,” said Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons. “We ask our community members and visitors to please use only legal fireworks and to use them responsibly. We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy July Fourth weekend.”

More than 30,000 fires are started by fireworks annually, according to the National Fire Protection Administration, and more than 9,000 people arrive in hospital emergency rooms as a result of fireworks-related accidents — many with severe injuries. The message is clear from Summit County’s fire departments: The use of fireworks is dangerous and should be left to the professionals

Although some fireworks such as sparklers are sold in area stores and permissible for use by private citizens on their property, they still can burn at 1,200 degrees and should be used only under the strict supervision of adults.

There are many public fireworks displays throughout Summit County on and around the Fourth of July, including:

“By leaving fireworks shows to the professionals, the risk of injuries and unintended fires is virtually eliminated,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino. “Working together, our communities will remain safer for all during this Independence Day celebration.”

For more information regarding fireworks and any general safety concern, please contact Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue at (970) 262-5100.


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