Bomb Squad Called During Illegal Fireworks Bust

Courtesy Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

The bomb squad had to be called out after the Pueblo County sheriff's office busted a man for allegedly selling illegal and homemade fireworks.

The sheriff's office says Nelson Colletti, 45, admitted to selling fireworks without a permit and to possessing illegal fireworks. However, deputies say they also found what looked like homemade explosives, prompting the call to the bomb squad.

Colletti could face charges, pending a review by the DA.

A second man, 22-year-old Aaron Montez, was ticketed for lighting illegal fireworks.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says they want to remind people that fireworks that explode or leave the ground are not permitted and pose a higher risk of injury or fire than "novelty" fireworks.

“This is no game. Lighting illegal fireworks multiplies your risk of injury, increases the fire danger, and can certainly cost you money and much worse,” Sheriff Kirk M Taylor said in a news release. “The state law is clear – If it goes up in the air or explodes, it is illegal because of these factors.” “It only takes a few people to ruin it for the whole community, let us all celebrate in a reasonable and responsible way.”

People who use illegal fireworks can face up to a $1,000 fine within Pueblo city limits. In the county, violators may face a mandatory court appearance.