They're legal here, but not there, you can set off these kinds of fireworks, but not those kinds...if they stay on the ground it's ok-- NOPE, NO kinds of fireworks are legal. I've heard ALL of these things, and I think at this point I'm confused to the point of no return. Then again, as I've said before...that really isn't too far from normal for me personally, but I digress.

My son was asking me about fireworks and if we can get any and my answer to him is simply...I don't know. As a parent to a 6-year-old, that's never a good answer, but I'm legitimately confused because I've heard so many things from so many different people.

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Throw in the fact that different towns and counties have their own set of rules, and this makes for some confusion, also, the fact that if you're on privately owned land, only fireworks that leave the ground or explode are illegal.

I thought I would go in search of some answers and thanks to my friends at The Coloradoan, I THINK I got it now.

In Fort Collins all fireworks are banned within city limits. Those caught with fireworks can be fined up to $2,650, according to rules posted on the city of Fort Collins website. Residents can report use of fireworks at

In Loveland, fireworks are 100% illegal but then when you see fireworks stands pop up on HWY 34 in Loveland, it makes you wonder and think twice (or maybe that's just me).

If you're not 100% sure about the rules, the city asks residents to call 970-962-2210 for information on use of personal fireworks or to report illegal fireworks.

Windsor can chalk up a fine for you up to $510 for personal fireworks, and those are defined as anything that creates a spark or leaves the ground,

Timnath: Fireworks of ANY kind are strictly prohibited

Unincorporated Larimer County: Any fireworks that leave the ground or are explosive are considered illegal and if you get caught, you could be slapped with a fine of up to $750.

Legal fireworks within the county include:

  • Fountains
  • Toy caps
  • Snake or glow worms
  • Ground spinners
  • Illuminating torches
  • Dipped sticks and sparklers
  • Toy propellants
  • Noise makers that crackle or whistle, but don't explode

Weld County:  Weld follows Colorado state law on fireworks, which allows personal fireworks that are not explosive and do not leave the ground.

Wellington: Same as Weld County

On Public Lands: That would be a big fat ginormous NO-NO.

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