Reminder: Fireworks are illegal in the city of Boulder

Much of the central and western U.S. is under increased fire risk, including parts of Colorado and Boulder. With drought and recent high winds, fireworks are particularly dangerous at this time and are illegal in Boulder. Not only is there increased fire risk, but setting off fireworks negatively impacts the health and wellness of your neighbors and our community.

The city of Boulder’s firework laws are more restrictive than other areas of Colorado. Laws prohibit items like sparklers, snaps, snakes, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs, in addition to fireworks that leave the ground or explode. You may also be held responsible for fireworks used by roommates and guests.

Possible legal penalties include:

  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Court fees
  • Possible arson charges
  • Possible jail time
  • Liability for property or personal injury damages 

You will also be referred to Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution at CU Boulder.

Unused fireworks can be brought to any Boulder fire station without penalty. Learn more about common citations and Boulder ordinances.