Firework Use Causing Problems In Natrona County
The Fourth of July was more than two weeks ago, but fireworks are still being set off and that could lead to disastrous results.
Fire Prevention and Law Enforcement Agencies within Natrona County say possession and igniting fireworks in the Casper city limits is illegal.
Plus the county is under a partial fire ban which means discharging or detonating a firework without a permit is not allowed.
Justin Smith with Casper Fire EMS says some people just can't get enough of lighting a firework and watching it go off.
"In my research of firework purchases, you get a discount for buying in bulk and like any other toy, people can't get enough of the things that they really like, so there's no doubt in my mind that there are people that purchased a lot of fireworks, and didn't get to use them all on the Fourth of July and so they're just using them."
John Hatcher with the Casper Police Department says just possessing fireworks in the city limits is a $110 fine and there could other penalties for causing property damage.
He adds that some people get confused when reporting fireworks, because they thought it may have been shots fired from a gun.
"And as the country is right now in law enforcement, anytime a shots fired call comes in, there's going to be at least two police officers responding to that call of shots fired. We treat all shots fired called very seriously, but most of the time we get there, it's someone shooting off fireworks. So now you've just taken resources of two or three officers to come over and respond to a shots fired call, that is people just breaking the law by shooting off fireworks."
Casper Fire EMS says there were 16 cases of firework related instances in the Casper city limits from 2012 to 2015.
So far in 2016, there have been five reports.