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Reminder: Some fireworks are illegal for New Year's Eve celebrations

Posted at 12:59 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 20:08:23-05

EL PASO COUNTY — As we celebrate the upcoming New Year, fireworks are traditionally a big part of the celebration.

The El Paso County Sheriff's office would like to remind everyone that the use, sale or possession of any fireworks is illegal, with the exception of permissible” fireworks, is illegal.

A good rule of thumb to remember is if a firework flies through the air, explodes or emits flame or flaming projectiles, it is illegal. Illegal fireworks in El Paso County include:
• Bottle rockets
• Firecrackers of any type
• Mortars / M80's Cherry Bombs
• Roman candles

Permissible fireworks in El Paso County include:
• Fountains
• Ground spinners / Champagne Poppers
• Smoke Bombs / Snaps
• Sparklers / Trick Noise Makers

If you violate this rule, you may be punished with a fine up to $750, sentenced to jail for up to six months, or both.

If you have any problems with people using illegal fireworks, call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number (719) 390-5555.