Report Illegal Fireworks
- If you hear or witness the use of fireworks being used by a neighbor, call 444-7000.
- Only call 9-1-1 in the event of an injury or fire.
- When you call either of the numbers, ALWAYS stay on the line until a call taker answers.
A fire started by fireworks that threaten or damages property is a crime of arson. Possession, use and/or the sale of fireworks is subject to a fine up to $2,500 and/or up to 189 days in jail. All citations will demand a mandatory court appearance in municipal court. Professional public firework displays are regulated and permitted upon approval from the Division of the Fire Marshal under the city code.
The law in the state of Colorado is very specific relating to fireworks, reckless burning, and arson, regardless of where the offense occurs. One thought to consider is that a child can be arrested in Colorado at the age of ten for setting a fire even if he/she did not mean for the fire to damage anything or get out of control. Children ten years of age or older can be arrested for any one of these statutes.
In an effort to keep our community safe, CSFD fire investigators conduct fireworks patrols July 3-5 each year. They confiscate any fireworks that are found and issue citations to those in possession of illegal fireworks.
CSFD has set up drop-off boxes for fireworks at all 22 fire stations around town. People are encouraged to voluntarily bring in their fireworks for proper disposal. This is an anonymous drop-off, no questions will be asked and no citations will be issued for bringing in fireworks. We encourage anyone who has old fireworks to drop those off as well.
Actions You Can Take to Be Safe
- On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
- If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
- Do not use consumer fireworks.
- Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
- The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
- Nationwide, more than 16,000 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.
- Download and share the Fireworks Safety Flyer posted below.
Dispose of Fireworks Safely
Most household hazardous waste facilities don't accept fireworks for disposal. Contact local law enforcement to see if they have a disposal program.
- Soak the fireworks in water until they are completely saturated.
- Wrap the wet fireworks in double trash bags.
- Store safely away from children and pets.
- Place the packaged waste in your trash on the day it's picked up or taken to the landfill.
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