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Bandimere Speedway moves forward with July 4th fireworks show

After Jeffco Public Health filed an injunction to limit attendance at the event, Bandimere said it would go on with health officials monitoring social distancing.

MORRISON, Colo. — After some back and forth, Bandimere Speedway hosted its annual Fourth of July fireworks show on Saturday.

Jefferson County Public Health had filed an injunction to block the race track from violating county public health orders with the event.

However, a Facebook post from the speedway late Friday said health officials would monitor social distancing guidelines at the Jet Car National and firework show.

The reversal left the chief of Morrison Police Department (MPD) scrambling. 

"Ordinarily in the past, this is an all-hands event for the department," said Chief George Mumma.

Because this isn't an ordinary year, Mumma said police sent out a different message: "We told everybody to make other plans."

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Mumma said he notified the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Lakewood Police Department and Colorado State Patrol that MPD might need some backup.

"We don't know what to expect, we're going to hope for the best," Mumma said.
"[We'll] kind of evaluate it as people come in during the day, so we'll wait and see how it goes."

His biggest concern was people parking on C-470. The Colorado Department of Transportation assisted by placing signs that said no parking on the shoulders. 

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The injunction ordered Bandimere to limit its audience to 175 people with social distancing of 6 feet between people from different households. Sky9 flew over the racetrack Saturday evening and found crowded stands. Bandimere's seating capacity is more than 23,500, according to their website.

Credit: Sky9

9NEWS reached out to Jefferson County Public Health, and a spokesperson said they could not comment on pending litigation.

Bandimere has not responded to a request for comment.

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