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Fireworks: Illegal or legal in your neighborhood?

5:48 AM, Jul 4, 2011   |    comments
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Throughout the state, any fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal to use. In the city and county of Denver, all types of fireworks are illegal. In Douglas and Jefferson counties, ground spinners, illuminated torches, sparklers and snake worms are among the fireworks allowed.

Because fireworks law vary from city to city, some people are having a difficult time keeping track of where they might be able to light their fireworks without getting in trouble.

Naomi Gutierrez is from Kentucky and is visiting family in Denver, but she says she's confused about what to do with her fireworks.

"I know where we're at, one side of the street is Denver County and the other side of the street is Jefferson County," she said. "If you don't know for sure what you're doing you may end up getting in trouble. It would make it a lot easier if every town or at least every county had the same rules across the board. Unfortunately I know that's hard to do, but it would make it a lot easier."

Lighting fireworks in the wrong place could land you a ticket, and could also cost you some serious cash. If police in Denver catch you with even so much as a lit wick, it's a $999 fine.

Employees with Olde Glory fireworks on Federal Blvd. in Adams County have been telling customers to talk with local police or fire departments before setting anything off.

"There are more and more cities every year that are allowing the use of fireworks, some on a limited time, some ongoing year round, we just ask them to check in with their local authority," said Aeron Calkins, owner of Olde Glory Fireworks.

Still some people said they're going to play it safe this year and go to a place where the only thing they have to worry about is having a good time.

Christine Hall said, "I'm going to go downtown where they get paid to put the fireworks up in the air where I can sit there and watch them. Leave it to professionals."

If you want to know if you're able to shoot fireworks off where you live, a good option would be to go to your city website. Most websites in the area have a good breakdown of what you can and can't do, and provide reminders of what could happen if somebody decides to break the law.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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