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Sheriff’s Office reminds residents about what’s legal ahead of July 4th

Posted on 06/29/2020

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents what fireworks are legal as they prepare for their Independence Day celebrations.

Legal fireworks according to Colorado State Statute and Weld County Code include:

Cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wheels, ground spinners, illuminating torches, dipped sticks and sparklers, and snakes, poppers and worms.

Multiple tube devices also are permissible so long as each tube is attached to a wooden or plastic base, and the effect is limited to a shower of sparks no higher than 15 feet. Novelty products, such as spark-emitting tanks, also are permitted so long they contain no more than 50 milligrams of explosive composition. Other novelty fireworks include explosive auto alarms, toy propellant devices, cigarette loads, strike-on-box matches and other trick noise makers.

Illegal fireworks include all aerial devices and firecrackers. That includes mortars, Roman Candles, bottle rockets and missiles, aerial repeaters, Black Cats, and M-80s, to name a few.

Possession of illegal fireworks is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. In addition to possible criminal charges, anyone found in possession of illegal fireworks faces having all their fireworks seized by law enforcement, even those permissible under state law.

It is unlawful to sell, gift or otherwise furnish fireworks to anyone under the age of 16, including those deemed legal by state law. It is also against the law to import fireworks from out of state. That includes permissible fireworks as well.

Click here to view a copy of the state statutes governing fireworks.