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Fireworks in Unincorporated Boulder County

It’s time to celebrate the 4th of July. If you’re wondering what fireworks are permissible to use, state law defines permissible fireworks as sparklers, fountains, etc. Permissible fireworks don’t include aerial devices or audible ground devices. In other words, if it flies or goes “boom” it is illegal to possess or use without a permit. Ordinances vary from town to town or fire protection district to fire protection district, so it’s good to know what the rules are where you live before you purchase or use fireworks.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Light one item at a time and then move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.

Although the 4th of July is exciting for us humans, many pets are distressed by the noise of fireworks. Dogs’ and cats’ hearing is much more sensitive than ours so loud booms can be extremely uncomfortable! Keep all pets safely indoors on July 4th and the days leading up to them when people may be inclined to set off fireworks. Turning on the TV, radio or other familiar noises can provide comfort to pets during the fireworks. Ensure your pet is wearing a collar and identification tag or is microchipped with current contact information so you can be reunited quickly if your pet does run away.

Even though we’ve received a lot of rain, it’s still possible to have a wildfire start with just a small spark. Please help keep our community safe and celebrate the 4th of July in a safe way. You may want to watch the rocket’s red glare at one of the many local fireworks shows.

Emergency Mass Notification System

Boulder County Sheriff utilizes an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received via cell, home and work phones, and by text messaging and/or email.

Restorative Justice

Our aim is to provide a restorative process by which victims are heard and understood, offenders take responsibility for harm, and loved ones and community members offer support. Learn more about how to get involved.

Employment & Volunteering with the Sheriff’s Office

See current employment opportunities and volunteer positions that are available within the Sheriff’s office, including the Victim Assistance program, and the Sheriff reserve and cadet programs.

Concealed Handgun Permit

Learn about the concealed handgun permit eligibility, application, training and requirements .

Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy

The Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy is a 19 week course providing an overview of various law enforcement topics. The program explains the different aspects of police work using classroom discussions and hands-on demonstrations. A sample of the subjects covered in the course include patrol procedures, K-9/Bomb Team/SWAT, emergency service, jail operations and tour, traffic enforcement, DUI, firearms training, and defensive driving.