Fireworks complaint calls are way, way up in Denver, police say

It’s not just your dog that’s annoyed.

Fireworks end the evening at Denver's annual Independence Eve show. Civic Center Park, July 3, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Fireworks end the evening at Denver's annual Independence Eve show. Civic Center Park, July 3, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Calls about fireworks to police are skyrocketing in Denver when compared to last year. Police reported 750 calls for fireworks over the last week — up 987 percent from the same time span last year.

Data released from the department on Monday showed that between June 15 to June 21, the department recorded 750 calls for service about fireworks. That’s way, way more than the 69 the department got during the same time period last year.

Police got 317 calls alone Sunday, more than all the calls they got each year in 2019, 2018 and 2017. The department got 61 calls in 2018 and 245 calls in 2017 during the same time span.

The department didn’t specify why it’s seeing such an increase. In an email, the department said it does “recognize the annoyance of illegal fireworks.” Shooting fireworks in Denver is illegal and could result in a $999 fine and up to one year in jail.

Police said they’re scheduling a press conference with the city’s fire department on firework safety on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Fire Training Academy.

DPD encouraged residents to report fireworks by calling 720-913-2059.

Fourth of July fireworks in Denver this year have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This story has been updated to clarify the number of calls made in previous years.

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