Boulder County residents are concerned about area firework stands and dry weather as the Fourth of July approaches.
Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted on June 15 in unincorporated areas of western Boulder County. Such restrictions prohibit firework sales, use and possession, including legal fireworks (fountains, ground spinners, illuminating torches, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellants, trick noise makers and tube devices).
The current fire risk conditions in the area of western Boulder County are generally increased this time of year, which is why Sheriff Joe Pelle enacted the Stage 1 fire restrictions, said Carrie Haverfield, communication specialist at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
There are different fireworks restrictions in Boulder County, depending on where a resident lives, and that can be confusing to residents, Haverfield said.
In Lafayette and Louisville, all fireworks, including permissible ones, also are prohibited.
One firework stand in particular at 5171 Eldorado Springs Drive has been the subject of many complaints because of its proximity to where it is believed the Marshall Fire started at the end of December. Though fireworks were not found to be the cause of the fire, people are concerned about the danger of fireworks, said Ron Flax, deputy director of building and permits.
A number of people had reached out to the county about that specific firework stand, Flax and Haverfield said.
Cathy Proenza, an Eldorado Springs resident who has expressed concern about the fireworks tent for years, said several neighbors had complained about the tent as well.
The stand in Eldorado Springs has had a permit issued by Community Planning & Permitting since 1997, Haverfield said.
“That stand’s location falls under the area where Stage 1 fire restrictions went into effect on June 15. On that same day, a deputy went to the stand to inform them that fire restrictions had just been enacted, and per the fire restrictions resolution, the sale of fireworks is not permitted,” Haverfield said. The stand has since ceased operations, she said.
Any type of firework that leaves the ground is illegal in Colorado with the exception of permitted professional firework displays.
“We always recommend that people do their research ahead of time to determine if fireworks use is permissible where they are located — or even better yet, leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend a local (permitted) firework show,” Haverfield said.
Erie Fireworks Show
WHERE: Erie Community Park
WHEN: July 3 with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Lafayette Independence Day Fun & Fireworks
WHERE: Waneka Lake
WHEN: Saturday, July 2 with fireworks at dusk
Longmont Independence Celebration
WHERE: Fox Hill Country Club
WHEN: Monday, July 4 with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Louisville July 4 Fireworks
WHERE: Central Louisville
WHEN: Monday, July 4 with fireworks at 9:45 p.m
Boulder fireworks at Folsom Field have been canceled