Most kinds of fireworks still illegal in Colorado

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By Hannah Hemperly

It’s once again the time of year for pyrotechnics, but most fireworks are still illegal in Colorado.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, “any device that explodes or leaves the ground,” which can include firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, M-80s and roman candles, is prohibited for private use.

Devices that do not explode or leave the ground are still permissible. These include sparklers, toy smoke devices, cylindrical or cone fountains, snakes and glow worms. Although legal, these devices do account for many fireworks-related injuries each year, according to the Sheriff’s Office, which advises caution when handling any incendiary device. 

Violating this law by selling, possessing or using fireworks is a class 3 misdemeanor and can result in a $750 fine. 

To report illegal fireworks, Jeffco residents may call the sheriff’s hotline at 303-271-8200. For more information, visit www.jeffcosheriff.com.