Pop bottle rockets, mortars, Roman candles.
No matter what their preference was, at least 14 Independence Day revelers were ticketed by law enforcement officials across Boulder County last week for setting off illegal, personal fireworks.
Nine people were issued summons by Longmont police over the long Fourth of July weekend. Officers also referred two people to the Longmont Community Justice Partnership program for fireworks violations, according to officials.
Longmont police on Monday displayed the dozen or so bags of illegal fireworks they confiscated — enough to fill a couple of trash cans. The haul, which was set to be soaked in diesel fuel and burned in a secure container, included cherry bombs and packages of exploding "M-150s," Cmdr. Jeff Satur said.
The nine people who received summonses could end up paying fines up to $999.99, he said.
From July 2 to Monday morning, Satur said police dispatchers received a total of 262 fireworks calls, which he characterized as a comparatively small number.
"I think it was quieter than in years past," he said.
The city of Boulder enforces a fireworks ban that is stricter than the state law enforced by all other Boulder County towns. Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville and others allow for novelty fireworks on private property so long as they do not leave the ground or explode, but Boulder does not allow any personal fireworks.
Boulder police issued five tickets between July 2 and Sunday for fireworks violations, according to police records.
Those ticketed also may be facing fines in the $1,000 range or up to 90 days in jail.
Last year, Boulder issued 12 fireworks tickets over the holiday weekend.
Public safety officials in Lafayette, Louisville and Erie reported a quiet fireworks season, with police in the three towns combining to write zero citations over the Fourth of July weekend.
That doesn't mean eastern Boulder County residents didn't have a smoke bomb or two, however.
"We gave out a lot of warnings, and people complied with those warnings," Erie Cmdr. Kim Stewart said Tuesday. "We had great voluntary compliance."
A power outage shut down the computers in the records section of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday afternoon, so numbers related to fireworks violations in unincorporated areas, as well as in Lyons and Superior, were not immediately available.
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