This Fourth of July, residents of Western Larimer County will have to find a less-flammable way to celebrate their independence.
That's because the Larimer County Commissioners have approved a ban on the sale and use of fireworks and public displays for unincorporated western Larimer County, effective June 16 and lasting through September. Open fires were already restricted.
The restricted area runs west of County Road 19 (or County roads 21 and 23 where 19 does not exist), north of County Road 60 (or Country Road 58 where 60 does not exist) to the county line, and south to the county line.
Eastern Larimer County was not included in the ban, but the state’s statues still apply. Although there are various requirements for fireworks based on type, as a general rule, any that leave the ground or produce a loud noise are not considered permissible. Use of illegal fireworks is considered a class 3 misdemeanor.
For a complete guide to what is and isn’t allowed, see the county’s complete fire ordinance at http://larimer.org/policies/fire_ban_ordinance.pdf.