Firefighters try to prevent fireworks injuries with proactive daytime patrols

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - Fireworks tents in unincorporated Arapahoe County have until 10 p.m. Saturday to sell fireworks.

Firefighters with the Cunningham Fire Protection District spend Friday afternoon doing spot checks on the fireworks tents to make sure no illegal products were being sold.

"We have some more ground fireworks that aren't actually shooting up in the air and if they do, they are at that maximum of six feet," said Cunningham Engineer Chris Folse.

The fireworks sold at those tents are allowed in Unincorporated Arapahoe County and even Parker, but the products are illegal to even possess in Denver, Centennial or Aurora.

"If you can at least have a conversation ahead of time, to make sure that they're doing it in a safe manner, as safe as possible, you still want to convince them not to it under trees, not to do it where light fuels can get on fire (such as) the bushes next to the apartment buildings," said Cunningham Fire Chief Jerry Rhodes.

7NEWS rode through the district with Rhodes as he attempted to give residents one last round of education prior to the Fourth of July night. Early evening rains chased many parties inside, leaving few people to hear the final warning.

"Right now, (with) light rain, (there's) less chance of fuels catching on fire, but little chance of having conversations," said Rhodes. "Folks, a lot times, leave what they're going to shoot off out, so they may have tucked it away because of this rain storm that came through."

Even sparklers are illegal in most communities, like Aurora, Denver and Centennial, but they're allowed in unincorporated Arapahoe County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers reach a heat of 1,200 degrees. In comparison:

-Water boils at 212 degrees

-Cakes bake at 350 degrees

-Wood burns at 575 degrees

-Glass melts at 900 degrees

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