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Fireworks in El Paso and Pueblo counties: What you need to know

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 15:14:46-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Fourth of July is coming up and even without drought conditions, fireworks are illegal in many Colorado counties.

Pueblo County is under Stage 1 fire restrictions which prohibit the sale or use of fireworks without a permit and "outdoor smoking except inside a vehicle or stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barre of all flammable materials. Violations of the fire restrictions can result in fines and mandatory court appearances."

El Paso County is also currently under Stage 1 fire restrictions due to ongoing hot and dry weather conditions. These conditions compound the danger of using fireworks. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens that the sale, use, or possession of any firework is illegal.

This includes:
• Bottle rockets
• Firecrackers of any type
• Mortars
• Roman candles
• Fountains
• Ground spinners
• Smoke Bombs
• Sparklers

The possession, sale, or use of fireworks specifically in the City of Colorado Springs is also illegal, except for novelty items like snappers and poppers.

If you hear or witness fireworks being used in Colorado Springs, call (719) 444-7000 and only call 911 if there is an injury or fire.

There are still plenty of safe and legal ways to celebrate Fourth of July in Colorado. The News5 digital team has put together a list of events happening across the state. For the complete list, click here.