EL PASO COUNTY — Due to the continued threat of drought conditions in El Paso County, Sheriff Bill Elder's office announced in early June a ban on fireworks. As of June 14, that ban is now lifted.
However, the Sheriff's Office did caution dry conditions could return, leading to a return on restrictions.
Heavy rains over the last month have eased drought conditions across most of the Front Range and adjacent plains, and even the central mountains are now only in a moderate drought. Despite the wet weather over the last month, Colorado is an arid climate and is constantly under the threat of wildfires. It won't take much to dry out our grasses and bring fire danger back to our minds.
Sheriffs are responsible for wildland fire response and coordination in Colorado. In a release, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office states data from predictive services show a trend of drying out in June and into July.
Even with the restrictions lifted the following fireworks are still illegal in El Paso County:
• Bottle rockets
• Firecrackers of any type
• Roman candles
• Ground spinners
• Smoke Bombs
Violators may be punished by a fine of up to $750.00, and/or imprisonment for up to six months.
"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)
If you have any questions about this order, contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number (719) 390-5555.
Similar restrictions are also in place year-round for Colorado Springs, Monument, and Fountain.
As of June 1, no fire restrictions are in place for El Paso County, but that is expected to change in the upcoming weeks as we dry out.