Fireworks-lit brush fire in southeast Aurora forced residents from homes Monday evening; woman struck by falling bullet


AURORA | One house fire was reported Monday night amid Aurora and regional firefighters battling area brush fires, including a three-alarm brush fire fueled by gusty winds and surrounded by homes in southeast Aurora, firefighters said. 

No injuries were reported.

In an unrelated incident Monday night, a woman was slightly injured when she was “grazed” by a bullet apparently fired into the air by an unknown celebrant.

Much of the evening for firefighters, however, was spent battling brush fires and one house fire.

“Firefighters in Aurora are fighting simultaneous grass fires and now a working structure fire at a home” in the 3400 block of South Laredo Court,” Aurora Fire Department officials said on social media at about 10:30 p.m. “This home fire was quickly brought under control and residents made it out safely.”

South Metro Fire and Rescue officials said no structures from the earlier fires appear to have been impacted by the raging brush blaze, which SMFR officials said was caused by fireworks.

The first blaze tore across vacant brush land behind homes on the 3800 block of South Himalaya Way for about two hours, beginning at about 7:30 p.m.

Numerous residents in the area were evacuated, officials said. Plumes of smoke from the blaze were visible from miles away.

Evacuated residents were allowed back to their homes at about 9:30 p.m.

At about 11 p.m., police said an unidentified woman was injured while outside in an unidentified part of the city when she was grazed by “a stray round that fell from above her,” police said. The woman’s injury was minor and she did not require immediate medical treatment.

“Please DO NOT recklessly shoot guns into the air,” police said in a social media post. “Those actions can seriously injure or kill someone.”

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Trebor Cadeau
Trebor Cadeau
2 months ago

Gunshould be confiscated from idiots too stupid to know that a bullet falling to earth can attain a fatal velocity.

Was it an elderly relative of a Denver mayor who was killed by a falling projectile while seated at a July 4th backyard party?

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
2 months ago

I personally want to thank everyone who thinks it is their God-given right to endanger their neighbors, cause damage and terrify our animal companions. /s/ Last night was ungodly. But I know that nothing any of us says will affect any of this. We are a very-sick society with our entitlements.

BTW, we had firecrackers over here at 5:00 this morning. Now, of course, there are those who would tell us that these thugs are just “celebrating” our nation’s independence. Yeah, right. Whatever. I’ll bet most people have no idea what the Fourth of July even represents.

And then, of course, there are the shootings. . . Carry on.

Last edited 2 months ago by Joe Felice
2 months ago

One thing, we’ve all got ice cream trucks back on the streets as something most important and so enough to create a law. Apparently, all the council stands for ice cream. That’s fine- meantime this year was worse than last year for illegal fireworks. Most anyone in Aurora suffered through this unwelcome homegrown pyrotechnic these last couple days. We’re pretty sick of uncontrolled noise and the treat of your house catching on fire. Not unlike people in the city of Greely. They also have had enough, and their council is taking care of this noisy business this year.

“It’s official: illegal fireworks use, possession comes with $1K fine and possible jail time in Greeley.”

“The manufacture, sale, use or possession of illegal fireworks in Greeley now comes with a $1,000 fine if you’re caught, as well as the potential for jail time.”

“The Greeley City Council passed an ordinance on final reading to make that crime a misdemeanor offense rather than a misdemeanor infraction. Misdemeanor offenses in Greeley are punishable by jail time, although that’s generally rare for nonviolent crime.”

So, our city council with that hard ice cream problem, a little piece and quiet solution from city hall, should be a snap. But moving it forward here, with the current foolishness I absolutely believe, it will be a ridiculous fight from our usual couple of leaders, to stop the city from any serious kind of law and order.

Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown
2 months ago

18-4-105. Fourth degree arson excerpt:(1) A person who knowingly or recklessly starts or maintains a fire or causes an explosion, on his own property or that of another, and by so doing places another in danger of death or serious bodily injury or places any building or occupied structure of another in danger of damage commits fourth degree arson.
(2) Fourth degree arson is a class 4 felony if a person is thus endangered.

2 months ago

How many dogs ended up in fear of the heavy fire works running away from their own housing to be at-large and then hauled to the Aurora pound? Denver animal shelter says the 4th and 5th of July are their busiest two days of the year. This situation to get your dog out of the pound is similar to when you get your car stolen in Aurora. You are the victim of somebody else’s stupidity, and you still get to pay. Because APD, either is non-interested, or unable in enforcing any minimum standards of fireworks policing, these animals are doing what they do, Run. So the economic theory of a city owned dog pound, owners that want their dog back, is the $40 tow/impound fee fair during the 4th of July?