Most personal-use fireworks are illegal this year, but there are some exceptions.

America’s favorite summer holiday is just around the corner, and for some folks, sparklers and poppers will fill the need to set something ablaze; however, for many, the Fourth of July is a reason to set off fireworks for days or weeks leading up to the big day. We all see and hear them, many kids will beg us to buy them, and we're wondering what is and what isn't allowed as far as using fireworks in Colorado.

In Colorado, fireworks laws vary by city and county, but in some areas, fireworks are completely illegal.

The use of the following fireworks are always illegal anywhere in Colorado:

  • Bottle rockets
  • Cherry bombs
  • Firecrackers
  • M-80’s 
  • Roman Candles
  • Mortars
  • Any firework that leaves the ground or explodes

Fireworks are always banned in national and state parks, as well as local parks and golf courses. They are also illegal in city streets, forests, and most places of public gathering. It is illegal to purchase fireworks in a neighboring state and bring them into Colorado. Anyone under the age of 16 cannot purchase fireworks and it is illegal to supply them for any individual under the age of 16.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Colorado is a class 3 misdemeanor and can carry a jail sentence and a fine. Local ordinances tend to be stricter and can impose thousands of dollars of fines and up to a year of jail time. 

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There are some fireworks that are legal in Colorado if permitted by local laws:

  • Fountains
  • Sparklers and dipped sticks
  • Snakes and glow worms
  • Ground spinners
  • Noisemakers that pop or whistle
  • Some tube devices
  • Illuminating torches
  • Toy caps and toy propellants

Children under the age of 16 can use these fireworks under appropriate supervision by someone over the age of 21. Please note that many cities and counties have banned all fireworks this year, so it's important to check the specific restrictions where you live before purchasing or using any fireworks. Due to increasing fire danger because of dry conditions and weather, many parts of the state have instituted Stage 1 bans, banning the use of all fireworks, even those permissible under state law.

We hope everyone has a safe Fourth of July, and though lighting fireworks may not be a part of it, there are still plenty of other ways to enjoy the day! How will you be celebrating the Fourth of July in Colorado this year? Sound off in the comments.