"Right now what's important is the safety of our community and that's why I made that decision," said Ted Mink, Jefferson County Sheriff.
Cities like Arvada, Lakewood, Golden, Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Lone Tree, Castle Rock and Littleton will be forced to cancel their respective firework shows.
"It's tough, because if they cancel everything then we don't have fireworks for 4th of July and that's a bummer," said Alisha Neal, Golden resident. "But, we don't want anymore forest fires."
Severe drought conditions and high fire danger have forced other counties and municipalities in Colorado to prohibit public displays of fireworks.
"Just to have that one tradition held off for the year is so worth it when we look at so many lives and homes," said Tracee Vickery, Evergreen resident.
Denver County and Adams County are still going forward with fireworks shows for Independence Day.
Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade says the city has little risk for wildfires.
"These events are scheduled in conjunction with the fire department and we make sure we have personnel on the scene," said Tade. "It really comes down to measuring the risk and that's what our fire prevention people take seriously."
Tade wants people to go to the commercial fireworks shows in Denver instead of lighting fireworks of any kind, which is illegal. An executive order issued by Governor Hickenlooper bans private use of fireworks in the entire state.
"It's not worth the risk, absolutely," said Stephanie Martin, Evergreen resident.
Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver encourages people to enjoy other aspects of 4th of July, safely.
"Sheriff Weaver would like to encourage residents to enjoy the many 4th of July celebrations and events taking place throughout the county including the open house from 11am - 3pm on the 4th of July, at the Douglas County Highlands Ranch substation located at 9250 Zotos Drive, in Highlands Ranch," Weaver said in a statement. "Sheriff Weaver also wishes all citizens a safe and enjoyable evening at their personal 4th of July celebrations and would like to remind citizens, if you choose to drink or serve alcohol during your holiday festivities, drinking and driving is simply not an option, so designate a sober driver before you attend a party."
At this time, Larimer County is going forward with fireworks shows, but the sheriff is re-evaluating the situation.
Sheriff Mink says he just can't take any chances in Jefferson County.
"I will freely admit that probably the risk of a commercial fireworks display with all the safety plans they had would probably be minimal but there is still that little shred of risk involved," said Mink.
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