Someone playing with fireworks in the mid-afternoon of a hot, dry day sparked a brush fire that burned a quarter of an acre of land in Jefferson County on Wednesday.
The fire was caused by a Roman candle firework, according to South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR).
It started around 3:45 p.m. in the open space behind a home at 7573 W. Elmhurst Dr., the department said.
"Please do not use any type of firework in or near vegetation," SMFR urged on Twitter.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire after it burned one-quarter of an acre and were still on scene around 5:30 p.m. putting out hot spots.
The department said they have not determined whether or not they will fine or charge the kids who were playing with the fireworks.
Jefferson County is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions this month. The use of all fireworks is prohibited within Jefferson County while it is under a fire restriction.
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Firefighters were able to rescue a motorcyclist who went about 30 feet off a Colorado Springs roadway and down a hill on Wednesday.
The crash happened near Blodgett Peak Open Space of West Woodmen Road. The Colorado Springs Fire Department had to use a rope rescue system to get to the motorcyclist. They shared photos of the rescue effort at about 6:45 p.m. At about 7 p.m. the rescue was a success and the patient was taken to a local hospital.
"Slow down and drive safe this holiday weekend," the fire department wrote on Twitter.
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Two men are facing criminal charges after Denver police found a stash of illegal fireworks.
The Denver Police Department (DPD) announced in a tweet Wednesday that officers had made another "significant seizure of illegal fireworks."
The fireworks were found in the 2800 block of South Utica Street. That's in the Harvey Park South neighborhood, southeast of the intersection of West Yale Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard.
The men were arrested on suspicion of illegal storage and possession of fireworks.
Fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in Colorado unless you have a permit and are a trained professional. Examples of prohibited fireworks are firecrackers, bottle rockets, lady fingers, mortars and Roman candles.
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On July 1 at approx. 6:45 a.m., an active structure fire was reported on Ute Drive in the Aspen Springs Unit 5 area.
Upon arrival, the first due engine completed a scene size up noting a fully involved residential structure as well as a fully involved outbuilding with fire spreading in the surrounding vegetation and one additional structure threatened.
First arriving units established a defensive exterior fire attack due to the fire activity. A water shuttle was established to allow constant flow of water for firefighters as this location is in a non-hydrant area.
Both structures were lost and the brush fire was contained to the approximately ¼ acre.
PFPD responded with two engines, one brush engine, four water tenders, two chief cars, one utility vehicle, ten paid staff members and ten volunteers.
One engine, one water tender and five firefighters from Upper Pine River Fire responded per standing mutual aid agreement.
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