Firework Information for the 2017 Fourth of July Holiday

June 27, 2017

We would like to wish every citizen in El Paso County a safe and happy Fourth of July. Hopefully this holiday will pass without any serious injuries or incidents tainting its enjoyment.  Since fireworks are traditionally a major part of our Independence Day celebrations the following information is intended to help clarify which fireworks are legal and illegal in El Paso County.

If a firework is not classified as “permissible” then it is illegal to use, possess or sell.  A good rule of thumb to remember is if a firework flies through the air, explodes or shoots flaming balls, it is illegal.

Illegal fireworks include:
• Bottle rockets
• Firecrackers of any type
• Mortars
• Roman candles

Permissible fireworks include:
• Fountains
• Ground spinners
• Smoke Bombs
• Sparklers

Fireworks should not be confused with “trick noise makers.”  Trick noise makers are not classified as fireworks, and are not prohibited by the fireworks statutes.  These items will bear a label that states they are trick noise makers.  They function by throwing them on the ground or by pulling a string. Trick noise makers include:

• Snaps (small paper wads that are thrown on the ground)
• Champagne poppers (pull string and they launch colored paper)
• Pull string poppers (small 2” paper tube with a string from each end)

Both unlawful fireworks, as well as permissible fireworks are prohibited in County Parks and the incorporated cities to include Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Manitou Springs, and all of Teller County.

MR 17-072