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Community reminder: Fireworks illegal in Thornton, $500 fine awaits violators

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 5:30am MDT

Fireworks are illegal in Thornton and with the tinder dry conditions this year, fire danger is extraordinarily high. Please leave the show to the pros!

Fireworks have long been illegal in the City of Thornton and in recent years stiff fines have been meted out to violators.  This year with conditions tinder dry it is especially important that residents adhere to the law and leave the show to the pros.

Wildfires are burning across Colorado right now with tens of thousands of acres charred, 500 homes destroyed and lives lost.  These events highlight that even a small spark in the dry conditions we are experiencing could lead to disaster.  The danger is there, even in an urban environment, where foliage is very dry, lawns are parched and building materials are completely dried out.

Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statewide ban on open burning and this includes fireworks.  While residents could still go to Wyoming or unincorporated areas of Adams County to purchase them, the risk is simply not worth the minimal reward.

Not too many of us have an extra $500 lying around and that is what it will cost anyone who shoots off fireworks in Thornton.  A second violation in 12 months nets you a $1,000 fine.  Of course violators will also have to deal with the disdain of neighbors who likely do not appreciate the noise, mess, smoke, hassle and danger you present to their property.

The City of Thornton will be holding its annual 4th of July celebration with its usual second-to-none fireworks show.  ThorntonWeather.com asks all Thornton residents, please, don’t put anyone at risk.

Rather than spend money on fireworks – and fines – do something good with your money.  The City of Thornton will be accepting donations to the newly established  Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012.  Show your support for our fellow Coloradoans affected by these disasters and leave the show to the pros.

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