Den­ver’s pro­hi­bi­tion of per­sonal fire­works is ap­par­ently mean­ing­less

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Brian Kelly,

I have lived here for 40 years now and I am still per­plexed at the at­ti­tude of the Den­ver Po­lice Depart­ment, and other po­lice agen­cies, to­wards fire­works. Fire­works are il­le­gal in Den­ver and other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Ev­ery year the po­lice depart­ment says they will be en­forc­ing the law. And ev­ery year I can see more fire­works in my neigh­bor­hood than I can at a show. I don’t dis­like fire­works, but I try and re­spect the law. What does this teach our chil­dren about the law? Wink at it? The law should ei­ther be en­forced or it should be re­pealed.

Why does the po­lice depart­ment do so lit­tle about this law? I would like to know. Sure, en­force­ment would be tough and very un­pop­u­lar. But it needs to be done, not ig­nored — or re­peal the law. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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