Law enforcement officials in Lakewood reported a busy night on July 4, with 75 citations issued for illegal fireworks — the highest amount in years, they said.

“This year, Lakewood devoted even more resources and new efforts to combat illegal fireworks,” City Manager Thaddeus McCormack said. “That included new street banners and public education on the dangers that illegal fireworks pose to veterans, pets and their neighbors.

“I know it’s frustrating for residents because despite our best efforts, there is still a very substantial amount of illegal fireworks use in Lakewood, just as there is in most surrounding communities. But I hope Lakewood residents know and appreciate the amount of effort their city puts into combating the problem and reducing its scope as much as possible,” he continued.

A team of sheriff’s deputies and six civilian community safety officers responded to 187 calls from residents about illegal fireworks (some incidents generated multiple calls).

The city and sheriff’s personnel will review this year’s results, assess what steps worked best, analyze what other cities tried and determine if Lakewood should try anything new next year.

Residents who know an address that used illegal fireworks this year can report it to the city’s tip line at 562-866-9771, ext. 7233, or use the Lakewood Connect app. Those who see illegal fireworks currently in use, even after July 4, may call the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at 562-623-3500 and deputies will respond right away.

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