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With summer just around the corner, it’s not too early to start talking about fireworks and the Fourth of July.
Fireworks are a traditional part of America’s July 4th Independence Day celebration. Yet with the potential for another dry summer season, it’s imperative we all know and obey the fireworks laws in Fort Collins. And the good news is the local laws are not complex.
Simply put, Fort Collins law prohibits the possession and/or use of fireworks of any kind within the city limits. This includes fireworks frequently sold outside city limits and legal to use elsewhere, as well as fireworks sold just across the border in Wyoming.
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, issuance of a summons into municipal court, and a fine of up to $2,650.
To avoid a summons, a costly fine, a possible fireworks-related injury, or starting a fire, join other community members in celebrating and leave the fireworks shows to the professionals. This years’ professional display at City Park, 1500 West Mulberry St., will begin at dusk on July 4. When you go, keep in mind that pets, alcohol, and especially fireworks (other than the pros) are not allowed.
If you hear or observe fireworks being used at non-professional displays, please call the Fort Collins Police Services non-emergency number at 970-221-6540. Please do not call 9-1-1.
Colorado summers are often hot and dry. Fireworks use increases the danger of wild fires and present a fire danger to homes and property and could result in injury.
The City of Fort Collins urges all citizens to be safe and responsible this 4th of July and to have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
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