Reminder: Fireworks are illegal in Boulder

Wildfires can happen at any time of year in Colorado, which makes fireworks particularly dangerous in the Boulder area. Setting off fireworks also negatively impacts the health and wellness of your neighbors and our community. It's important to find other ways to celebrate being back in Boulder.

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 $2,650
  • 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 the city of Boulder Public Safety Building at 1805 33rd St. without penalty. Connect with ⁠Student Legal Services or visit ⁠Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations to learn more about common citations and Boulder ordinances.