With the sale and use of legal fireworks permissible in Pueblo County this year Sheriff Taylor, Fire Chief Dale Villers and the local fire chiefs are asking that citizens be responsible with their holiday celebration. Follow the tips below and keep in mind that any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is still illegal in ALL parts Colorado, including Pueblo County. Additional law enforcement will be on patrol during the holiday issuing tickets to those caught lighting illegal fireworks and those fines can be as high as $1000 in the city and in the county, the use of illegal fireworks will require you to go before a judge.
- Don’t let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
- Don’t consume alcohol when using fireworks.
- Don’t attempt to re-light, alter or fix any “dud” firework item.
- Don’t hold a lighted firework in your hand.
- Don’t light fireworks during strong wind conditions and never indoors.
- Don’t aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person or at any property.
- Do light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface, not on grass or gravel.
- Do light fireworks in a clear, open area, making sure the area overhead is free from obstructions.
- Do light only one firework at a time using an extended butane lighter or a punk; then move away quickly.
- Do have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby for emergencies.
“A traditional celebration of our Nation’s Independence is something everyone looks forward to but it is important that everyone be safety conscious and alert during the festivities.” says Sheriff Kirk M Taylor.
City of Pueblo Fire Chief Dale Villers echoed the Sheriff’s concerns, “It has been a couple years since consumer fireworks have been allowed here in Pueblo. With this in mind, please use caution, and be aware of people and animals in your vicinity”