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EL JEBEL – Youths have admitted to setting off a commercial-grade firework in the Blue Lake area Sunday, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department reports.The explosive had been bought out-of-state by one of the youths’ parents, the department said.Sheriff’s deputies discovered the discharged explosive after receiving a report that shots had been fired. They contacted officer Stan Ancell of the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad, who identified photographs of the device as a commercial-grade firework. The unauthorized use of any explosive device or firework that leaves the ground in Colorado is a crime and may be punishable as a felony. After speaking to area residents, deputies identified three male youths as suspects Tuesday. All three admitted to setting off fireworks, and their parents were notified, deputies reported. None of the parents or children knew it was illegal to ignite fireworks in Colorado. No criminal charges were filed against the youths. The parent who had purchased the fireworks gave deputies three boxes of fireworks, one which contained another commercial-grade firework, for safe disposal. The fireworks had been purchased in Missouri, where laws regarding the sales and use of fireworks are different than in Colorado. Ancell and another member of the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad picked up the remnants of the explosive that had been set off Sunday so it could be disposed of safely. According to Ancell, each year more bomb squad members are injured destroying fireworks than destroying bombs.
A truck carrying 7,500 gallons of liquid related to natural gas production rolled Wednesday morning north of DeBeque but the liquid didn’t spill, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department reported.Dispatchers took a call at 11:20 a.m. about the accident, which occurred about 13 miles north of town and involved a PTI (Propane Transportation International) truck.No one was injured in the incident, which occurred on private land. A minor diesel fuel leak was contained by firefighters. PTI was moving the liquid in the tanker into an empty tanker and there was no threat to homes or the environment as of early Wednesday evening.Responders included the DeBeque Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol Hazardous Material unit, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County Emergency Management and Grand Junction Fire Department.
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