Where fireworks are and are not legal in Colorado

Any type of firework that leaves the ground is illegal in Colorado. However, depending on where you live, there may be certain types that are legal like sparklers.

DENVER — Fireworks on the Fourth of July are a staple of summer and a fun way to celebrate with the family, but it’s important to have fun in a safe and legal way.

Any type of firework that leaves the ground is illegal in Colorado.

Examples of prohibited fireworks are firecrackers, bottle rockets, lady fingers, mortars and roman candles.

Depending on where you live, however, there may be certain types of firecrackers that are permitted such as sparklers, snakes, fountains, tanks, smoke bombs, wheels and ground spinners.

Below is a list of fireworks laws, rules, restrictions and guidance for summer 2020 across the Denver metro area and other parts of Colorado.

Arapahoe County (unincorporated)

Unincorporated Arapahoe County is under a Stage 1 Fire Ban in July 2020.

The use of all fireworks and firecrackers is prohibited. Fireworks are also strictly prohibited at Cherry Creek State Park or any state park.

Arvada

The possession and use of any firework (including sparklers) is illegal in Arvada.

The Arvada Police Department will enforce fireworks violations and ticket all people in possession of fireworks and all fireworks will be confiscated. A hotline will be available to report fireworks violations from July 1 to July 6 at 720-898-6919.

Aurora

The City of Aurora is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in July 2020.

The Stage 1 Burn Restriction bans the use of recreational fireworks, devices requiring ignition, such as sparklers, snakes, aerials, comets, flares, flyers, fountains, missiles, mortars, spinners, punks, rockets, shells, etc.

Boulder

It is illegal to use or possess any fireworks within the city limits, including all city parks and on Open Space and Mountain Parks land.

Police will have increased patrols with officers looking for this type of activity during the holiday week. Citations will be issued, and fireworks will be confiscated. If you see fireworks, please report it by calling 303-441-3333.

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