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News Release

Fireworks Banned for Western Larimer County

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jun 12, 2012

Contact Information:

CONTACT: Board of County Commissioners (970) 498-7010,
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

 The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today approved a ban on the sale and use of fireworks and public fireworks displays for unincorporated western Larimer County (north to south), effective June 16, 2012 when former restrictions retire, through September 30, 2012. Open Fires are already restricted through September 30, 2012.

Specifically the line for the fireworks ban is:
  • In the unincorporated area of Larimer County
  • West of County Road (CR) 19 (where CR19 does not exist then west of CRs 21, 23)
  • North of CR 60 (where CR 60 does not exist then north of CR58) to the County Line
  • South to the County Line
 Map of banned area
Although County restrictions on Fireworks are not in effect for EASTERN Larimer County in unincorporated areas past June 15, 2012, County residents must still follow State statutes on the use of fireworks. The “Permissible fireworks” allowed in unincorporated counties are defined under CRS 12-28-101. There are several categories of fireworks within the definition with specific requirements for each type of firework to be designated as permissible. However, a general rule of thumb is fireworks that leave the ground or produce a “report” (a loud bang) are not considered a permissible firework. All fireworks other than those considered as permissible are considered as illegal for use in the State of Colorado.
Use of illegal fireworks in the unincorporated county areas is considered a class 3 misdemeanor and can be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-501 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS). If you live within a City’s limits you will need to check that City’s fireworks rules and regulations. 
The definition of ‘Fireworks’ does not include: Toy caps which do not contain more than twenty-five hundredths of a grain of explosive compound per cap; Highway flares, railroad fuses, ship distress signals, smoke candles, and other emergency signal devices; Educational rockets and toy propellant device type engines used in such rockets when such rockets are of nonmetallic construction and utilize replaceable engines or model cartridges containing less than two ounces of propellant and when such engines or model cartridges are designed to be ignited by electrical means; Fireworks which are used in testing or research by a licensed explosives laboratory.
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