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Independence Day is a time for celebration of freedom and
independence within this great nation.
Unfortunately, celebrating can pose certain hazards and risks
that should be identified in order keep our holiday safe and
In a typical year, more United States fires are reported on July
4 than on any other day and fireworks account for half of those
fires. Sparklers, firecrackers, and rockets are the leading
contributors to injuries and 92 percent of the fireworks injuries
treated in hospital emergency rooms involve fireworks that Federal
regulations permit consumers to use.
The Elizabeth Fire Protection District wants to keep everyone
safe this July 4 by remembering some of the local and regional laws
regarding the use of fireworks and offering some helpful safety
It is unlawful to possess or discharge any non-permissible
fireworks within the state (12-28-103 CRS). These non-permissible
fireworks include any types that: explode, leave the ground,
discharge balls of fire and are uncontrollable.
Non-permissible fireworks include but are not limited to:
M-80’s and 100’s
Shells and mortars
It is also unlawful for anyone under sixteen to purchase, posses
or discharge any fireworks, including permissible, unless under
A successful celebration can be ensured by following these easy
Allow only adults to discharge permissible fireworks
Prepare a “safe area” for discharging fireworks including
pre-wetting the area and mowing excess foliage.
Never re-light a dud, wait 15-20 minutes then soak it in a
bucket of water.
Always read and follow label directions.
Buy from reliable sellers.
Use outdoors only.
Always have water nearby, garden hose and a bucket.
Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
Shooter should always use eye and ear protection.
Starting June 26 the Elizabeth Fire Department in conjunction
with local law enforcement will be patrolling the Elizabeth area
for unlawful use of fireworks until midnight July 4. Violators of
fireworks laws are subject to misdemeanor and or felony charges
based on the violation and could be responsible for any costs
incorporated with an emergency response.
We want to encourage everyone to leave the fireworks to the
professionals and enjoy an agency sponsored show for the weekend.
If not, then please take care when handling or discharging
For further information on this or other emergency related
topics visit us online at www.elizabethfire.com or call
the Elizabeth Fire Protection District at 303-646-3800.
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