The USDA Forest Service has opened an investigation after photographs and videos surfaced showing a large number of fireworks being fired from the summit of a popular Colorado 14er over Labor Day weekend.
According to a press release from the USDA Forest Service, the incident occurred after midnight September 2, during an unsanctioned “cruise” organized on social media by an anonymous group named “Nationwide Productions.”
Videos posted by the group on Instagram showed more than 140 people hiking to the summit of Mount Evans for the illegal fireworks display. Forest Service crews recovered a substantial amount of evidence that confirmed fireworks occurred at the summit.
According to a report from CBS4, organizers of the social media group claimed they had zero involvement in the fireworks and cannot control other people’s actions at the summit. Since the allegations have sparked, the group has since removed their Instagram page.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife retweeted about the ongoing investigation that happened the night before the iconic mountain road was set to close for the 2019 season.
This is not why we go to the mountains. Happy to see the USFS is investigating. https://t.co/RASivJzFQu— CPW SW Region (@CPW_SW) September 4, 2019