Bad news for your inner-pyro



Yes they are tempting. But firecrackers can burn down the neighborhood or blow off your kids hand.
  • Yes they are tempting. But firecrackers can burn down the neighborhood or blow off your kid's hand.

Well, it's nearly the Fourth of July, the holiday where proud Americans everywhere eat hamburgers, drink beer, and encourage their kids to engage in activities that could easily burn down the house.


But, uh, I got some bad news. Colorado Springs' big fireworks bash in Memorial Park is once again not happening (boo!), which means a lot of folks are going to be playing pyro in their front lawns. And though I hate to be a party-pooper, the Colorado Springs Fire Department is urging me to remind you that you're not allowed to set off fireworks within the city limits. It's illegal. Largely because of — you know, the kids burning down the house thing.

Anyways, fireworks include all the goodies we grew up terrorizing the neighborhood with — sparklers, roman candles, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, etc. Though you can still buy poppers and snappers.

So, point is, if you can't live without fireworks, you're going to have to haul out to a professional show. Sorry guys, it's the law.

Just in case you don't believe me:

Fireworks are illegal within the city limits

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the City of Colorado Springs reminds its citizens that the possession and use of fireworks are illegal within the city limits (City Code 9.7.302). Professional fireworks displays are allowed with special permits issued by the Division of the Fire Marshal.

Easy guidelines for determining if a firework is illegal include: if the item has a fuse, or needs matches or lighters to operate, it is illegal. This includes sparklers, roman candles, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, etc. Only novelty products are legal for sale, possession, or use in the city. Allowable novelty products include party poppers and snappers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2005, four people died and an estimated 10,800 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States. An estimated five percent of fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency departments required hospitalization.

In addition, as weather heats up and area vegetation dries out the threat of fires caused by fireworks becomes ever more worrisome. Any careless fire that threatens or damages property is subject to prosecution and a fine up to and including $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

Each of the city's 20 Fire Stations and Fire Department Headquarters, 375 Printers Parkway, have a monitored fireworks drop-off box for the safe and anonymous disposal of illegal fireworks. The drop-off sites will be open through July 7 during normal business hours. Drop offs cannot be made if the location is closed or not staffed.

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