Jun 25, 2014 8:36 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Some Residents Concerned over Legal Fireworks this Fourth

So far this summer we have not seen any large wildfires in southern Colorado. We've also been fire ban free. This means certain fireworks will be allowed for personal use this 4th of July.

As long as no fire restrictions are put in place before the Fourth, personal fireworks will stay legal. Fireworks tents are popping up across the area, but for some, the fun just isn't worth the risk.

"I feel strongly about it," says Black Forest Resident Randy Arnott. "I do not want to see it out here."

Arnott says the last two fourth of July's haven't been any less patriotic without fireworks. But they are a staple of Independence Day celebrations. Big Daddy Fireworks says the tradition means more to many families in Colorado.

"Because we are a military based town, we're really proud to get to show our respect and our gratitude to the military families," says associate Amanda Rose Winters.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office enforces state law when it comes to which fireworks are illegal.

"Any firework that flies through the air, explodes or shoots flaming balls,
categorically, those types of fireworks are not permissible even in unincorporated areas of the county," says Lieutenant Jeff Kramer.

Despite legitimate concerns from residents, fountains, ground spinners, smoke bombs and sparklers are legal.

"Certainly the concern community wide is valid because
we're a community that for the last two years have experienced significant
fires that caused significant damage as well as deaths in this community," Kramer said.

Public displays are a safe and regulated option for everyone to enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July. Especially if setting off personal fireworks at home is a danger to your environment.

Fireworks are never allowed inside Colorado Springs city limits.



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