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As the July Fourth holiday approaches, do you have a hankering to use combustion, deflagration or detonation for visible and audible entertainment? Best leave that to professionals at public shows, as it is illegal just about everywhere.

In the City of Edgewater, it is illegal to possess any fireworks while in any park, parkway, street, recreation area or open space in the city or to use or explode any fireworks on any public or private property, unless you have obtained a permit for the supervised public display of fireworks.

Edgewater has an extensive list of what constitutes fireworks, including: toy cannons or toy canes in which explosives are used, blank cartridges, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, rockets, Roman candles, Day-Glo bombs, aerial shells, sparklers, trick matches, torches, fountains or other fireworks of like construction, and any fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound or any tablets or other devices containing any explosive substance.

If you are caught with fireworks in Edgewater, the police or fire department may seize, remove and destroy, at your expense, any and all fireworks offered or exposed for sale, stored, held or possessed. Penalties imposed by Edgewater Municipal Court can be up to $900, 180 days in jail, both.

Fireworks are also illegal to possess, sell or use in Denver. Penalties for violations are up to $999 in fines and up to one year in jail.

Same for Lakewood, where it is illegal to have or use such inflammables as sparklers, Roman candles and smoke bombs. Fines for illegal fireworks can reach $2,650. The Lakewood Police Department will have extra agents on patrol throughout Lakewood to focus solely on fireworks issues.

To report illegal fireworks in Lakewood, call police dispatch’s non-emergency reports number, 303-980-7300.

However, regardless of where you live, call 911 for urgent cases of injury or fire that threaten life and property.

Contact West Metro Fire Rescue at 303-989-4307 or visit www.westmetrofire.org for more information on fireworks safety.