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As the Fourth of July draws closer, the Longmont Police Department is asking for residents to take a “voluntary stance against (illegal) fireworks use,” in an effort to free up law enforcement resources for priority calls.

In a Wednesday news release, Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said last year police received 183 firework calls in a seven-hour period on July 4. During that same time frame, police handled 57 priority one calls and 130 priority two calls for service. Priority one calls for service are generally a minimum of two officer calls, to in-progress emergencies/serious injury incidents or medical emergencies. Priority two calls involve non-emergency incidents, Satur said.

“With 340 miles of roadway (in Longmont), usually non-specific addresses, no willing witnesses, the volume of fireworks complaints make it difficult to enforce,” Satur said in the release. “We need help from our neighbors and neighborhoods to not use fireworks.”

In Colorado, any firework that leaves the ground is illegal, according to seasonal information on Boulder County’s website.

Satur encouraged people to have a conversation with neighbors about complying with the rules on fireworks. He said residents can call police, if they observe non-compliant behavior, but said it may take police time to respond to the incident.