Fire District brush trucks are filled from a larger tanker at a fire near Lander on July 4th. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Police said they have received numerous complaints of the illegal use of fireworks in the city since just before the Independence Day holiday through the middle of this week.

“When we’ve made contact with people using fireworks, we ask them to take them outside of the city and use them there, and we remind them of the city ordinance,” Captain Eric Murphy said. “Fireworks of any kind are illegal in the city limits, unless a fireworks display has been permitted by the city council.”

The most serious violation that occurred within the past week in Riverton was a grass fire that was reported in the 800 block of North 16th East. The fire was started with fireworks and spread from one yard to another. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the two male subjects at a residence there were given a written warning and officers confiscated their $800 worth of fireworks and disposed of them.

In Lander, two fireworks-related fires occurred on July 4th. One that consumed several acres of grass and destroyed a pole barn and a camper trailer just east of the city, and another one inside city limits that burned a hillside and threatened several homes just off of South 9th Street.