DENVER (KDVR) — Denver authorities have responded to more fireworks complaints in the last week than they did during the same period in 2017, 2018 and 2019 combined.
According to the Denver Police Department, there were 750 calls for service between June 15 and 21 this year.
During the same seven days in 2019, there were 69 calls. In 2018, there were 61 calls. And in 2017, there were 245 calls in that timeframe.
Fireworks are illegal in the City and County of Denver. Officers who respond to fireworks calls will confiscate them.
Those caught using fireworks can be fined up to $999 and spend up to one year in jail. However, a resident must sign a complaint in order for someone to be cited.
“Be respectful of your neighbors by not igniting fireworks, especially late at night,” DPD said in a statement.
DPD encouraged people not to report fireworks complaints on social media.
Starting Monday night, residents can call 720-913-2059 to report fireworks.
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DPD and the Denver Fire Department plan to hold a press conference about fireworks at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Suburban parts of the Denver area have also seen an uptick in fireworks complaints.
Below are statistics from several other metro communities:
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office received 197 fireworks complaints between June 1 and 21. It did not have data from 2019.
Aurora police have received 515 fireworks calls between June 14 and June 22. The department reports they received 29 complaints during the same time frame in 2019.
Jan. 1 – June 20, 2020: 88 fireworks calls
Jan. 1 – June 30, 2019: 78 fireworks calls
Jan. 1 – June 20, 2020: 126 fireworks calls
Jan. 1 – June 20, 2019: 56 fireworks calls