Fireworks caused a number of fires during the long Fourth of July weekend in the Denver area, and law enforcement agencies throughout the area hauled in drunken drivers.

Firefighters extinguished a fireworks-caused blaze that started on the outside of one home and spread to a second in the 9500 block of Parramatta Place in Highlands Ranch early Saturday morning.

Two other fires that broke out between July 1 and July 6 in open fields in the area also were tracked to fireworks through debris found nearby, said Littleton Fire Marshal Doug Ireland.

The two-alarm fire on Parramatta Place erupted after residents of one home tossed used fireworks in an outside trash bin, Ireland said.

Ten grass fires were caused by fireworks in Aurora, and one of those spread to a structure, Fire Capt. Diane Lord said.

The city of Aurora confiscated about $10,000 of fireworks, and 15 summonses were issued for illegal fireworks, Lord said.

In Arapahoe County, three grass fires were caused by fireworks, said Chris George, the sheriff's captain of patrol.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office received one report of a fireworks-caused blaze and issued three summonses for illegal fireworks. Adams County deputies arrested six people for driving under the influence and one for driving under the influence of drugs.

Denver police arrested 44 people for DUI during the holiday weekend, 36 percent less than the same period last year, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.


Preliminary figures show that the DPD issued 15 citations for illegal fireworks.

Boulder police arrested 17 people for DUI between Friday and Monday morning.

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