Fireworks Information for Unincorporated El Paso County

June 1, 2021

Even with the recent moisture received, according to the drought monitor, all of El Paso County remains in either the moderate drought or abnormally dry categories. 

Predictive services are predicting a drying trend starting late May, early June and continuing through July. All of these will leave El Paso County susceptible to large wildfire growth should a wildfire start. With the predicted upcoming hot, dry weather conditions and continued drought which compounds the danger of using fireworks, effective today, Sheriff Bill Elder has made the sale use, or possession of fireworks of any kind illegal within the areas of Unincorporated El Paso County. Violators may be punished by a fine of up to $750, and/or imprisonment for up to six months. 

Illegal fireworks now in El Paso County include: 
• Bottle rockets
• Firecrackers of any type
• Mortars
• Roman candles
• 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. 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)

Should you have any issues with residences selling or using fireworks – call our non-emergency number (719) 390-5555, Please reserve calling 911 for emergencies.

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