Colo. Fire Dept.: Fireworks 'Not Worth the Risk'
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The most destructive fire in Colorado history has been fully contained within Colorado Springs. However city firefighters will help enforce a ban on fireworks on July 4th. The fire department says displays are 'not worth the risk.' (July 3)

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[Location - Date:Colorado Springs, Colorado -- July 3, 2012][Source:AP][VO:]SOT Sunny Smaldino, Colorado Springs Fire Department: "in the city of Colorado Springs and our limits, fireworks are always illegal. Now we do ask people to apply for a permit if they're going to do any kind of public display or private display in their neighborhood. This year we didn't issue any of those permits. Simply because of our conditions. It's not worth the risk. In the past, we've been able to allow that to happen with fire department personnel on scene to monitor and mitigate that areas that are around there, so we;ve definitely changed what we typically do on an annual basis for those fireworks. SOT Rich Brown, Colorado Springs Fire Department Chief: "fireworks are obviously illegal tomorrow in the city. They always have been And I'm also proud to announce that this year not only are our brothers and sisters in the police department issuing summons as they always do, now your lieutenants and captains on fire engines are trained to do the very same things. So now when we start to venture into the enforcement part of issuing summons this year for fireworks."--------------------AP-CO--Colorado Wildfires, 1st Ld-Writethru,1Wildfire fully contained in Colorado SpringsWildfire fully contained in Colorado Springs; Residents of over 300 homes set to return Tues.Eds: APNewsNow. Updates with other Colo. fires.tvhocs COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ The most destructive fire in Colorado history has been fully contained within Colorado Springs. Overall, the 28-square-mile fire was 70 percent contained Tuesday but fire chief Rick Brown says portion burning in the city has been fully surrounded. In western Colorado, pre-evacuation orders for residents in and around DeBeque have been lifted, allowing livestock to be returned. Firefighters don't expect the nearly 14,000-acre Pine Ridge fire to grow any farther. Meanwhile, the Weber fire near Mancos was 85 percent contained. In Colorado Springs, about 900 people evacuated by the Waldo Canyon fire will be allowed back later in the day as crews work to restore utilities. About 2,100 people are still evacuated, including those who lost homes. City firefighters will help enforce a ban on fireworks on July 4th.(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: AP-CO--Colorado Wildfires, 1st Ld-Writethru,1------------------------------------