Mesa County urges residents to use caution when celebrating with fireworks.
• A good rule of thumb: anything that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely illegal in Colorado.
• Okay fireworks include: Cylindrical or cone fountains, wheels and ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellant or toy smoke devices, trick noise makers and snake or glow worms are all permissible.
• The use of fireworks on federal land is illegal.
• No one under the age of 16-years-old, can purchase or possess fireworks.
• Any devices or components that, when used or ignited, project or disburse any metal, glass, or brittle plastic fragments are illegal. Cherry bombs, roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, shells and rockets, M-80s and M-100s, and helicopters are all examples of illegal fireworks.
• Any person who violates the laws pertaining to the sale, possession, and use of fireworks commits a class 3 misdemeanor and faces up to $750 in fines, six months in prison, or both.
See July 1, 2014 Mesa County Fire Chiefs Association news release.