Because Colorado summers typically bring dry weather, heat and wildfires, it is important to know and obey the fireworks laws in Fort Collins on the Fourth of July and all season. 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 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 fireworks shows to the professionals.
To report hearing or seeing fireworks, please click the button below. Reports will be shared with Fort Collins Emergency Dispatchers. If you need to report a fire, fireworks-related injury, or other emergency, please call 911.
Facts & Figures
- In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires.
- More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.
- According to the CPSC, more than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20, 2014 were under the age of 15; nine percent were under 5 years old.
- CPSC data show that sparklers alone accounted for more than one one-quarter (28%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries seen from June 20-July 20, 2014.
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