Man arrested on fireworks suspicion |

Man arrested on fireworks suspicion

A 21-year-old man was arrested after homeowners near the Sheraton Golf Course reported fireworks being shot in the direction of their homes during the weekend.

Jon Brian Berge was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of using illegal fireworks, which include any fireworks that leave the ground, such as bottle rockets, roman candles and firecrackers.

He was held at the Routt County Jail until about 6 a.m., when he paid his $750 bond and was released.

At about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, homeowners near the Sheraton Golf Course called police saying fireworks were being shot at their homes, said Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae. Several calls came into the police department.

Police found three “younger-looking” men all shooting off fireworks in the middle of the golf course’s fairways. The men took off as police approached, and a chase ensued, Rae said.

Berge was about five yards ahead of police when the chase began, Wood said. He was running in tall grass, heading toward a golf course path, when he ran into a large boulder that was about 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. He fell to the right side, and the officer caught him and arrested him, police said.

Berge’s companions escaped, but Rae said police think they know the identities of the two men. Berge is a student who lives in Steamboat Springs.

The case is under investigation. Police do not know what types of fireworks were being lit.

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