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ALL fireworks, including sparklers and snakes, are illegal to sell, possess, or use in the city of Fort Collins.

With all of the dry weather, heat and wildfires in Colorado this year, it is important to know and obey the fireworks laws in Fort Collins on the Fourth of July and all summer. Fireworks cause thousands on injuries every year, disrupt your neighbors, scare animals and could cost you a large fine. Finding a public display of fireworks to enjoy is always more safe and legal!

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

How to Report Fireworks

The possession and use (without a permit) of fireworks of any kind in the city of Fort Collins may result in confiscation of the fireworks, and issuance of a summons into municipal court and a fine of $1,000. To avoid a summons, a costly fine, a possible fireworks-related injury, or starting a fire, join other community members in celebrating and leave fireworks shows to the professionals.

If you hear or observe fireworks being used, call the Fort Collins Police Services non-emergency number at 970-221-6540.

Facts & figures

  • In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2010, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 57% of 2010 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 37% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14, with more than twice the risk for the general population.
  • 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. 

National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org)