Grand Junction Police Department Struggles to Enforce Firework Ban
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The 4th of July holiday is normally one of the busiest days of the year for the Grand Junction Police Department.
Add on numerous phone calls from residents in regards to individuals lighting off fireworks illegally, and it amounts to a tall task.
Fire bans in effect for Mesa County prohibit the use of fireworks across the Grand Valley, but that's not stopping some folks.
Unfortunately, police officers have trouble tracking these people down.
"People will call 911, but they don't provide us with information on who they are, and they aren't willing to be a witness for us," said Kate Porras, Public Information Officer for the Grand Junction Police Department. "By the time the officer gets there, the person that shot off the fireworks is long gone. Most of the time we don't even find the people that are doing it."
In fact, Grand Junction police officers have not issued one ticket since the fire ban began last week.
With several firework stands across town, and with the increase of officers on duty, crews will likely have many more chances over the next several days.
Many people believe lighting fireworks in the city is much safer, but even if that's true, Grand Junction law enforcement ask residents to play it safe and follow the fire ban.
"We have high fire danger," said Porras. "It's evidenced by what's going on in our state and our country, and that's the whole reason for the fire ban. If people can just hold off until conditions improve a little bit, then hopefully everybody will stay safe and then we won't have to issue tickets."
Porras noted there are several locations in town to enjoy the fireworks display at Supplizio Field occuring tomorrow evening.