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Legal use of fireworks in Aurora

The sale, possession and use of certain fireworks is legal in Aurora. Here is what you need to know for a fun and safe Independence Day:

• Fireworks can be purchased and used in Aurora only from June 15 to July 4.
Fireworks that DO NOT leave the ground or explode are allowed. Examples of allowed fireworks are fountains, wheels, sparklers, snakes and ground spinners. Examples of prohibited fireworks are firecrackers, bottle rockets, lady fingers, mortars, and roman candles.
You must be age 16 or older to possess or use fireworks, unless supervised by someone age 21 or older.
• The city’s fire chief has the right to ban the sale, use, possession or discharge of fireworks as conditions dictate.
• Even legal fireworks can make loud noises that may be startling to those suffering from anxiety or PTSD, and to pets. Be courteous and respectful of those around you, and keep pets indoors in a safe, quiet place.
• View the fireworks ordinance, Sec. 66-34.

View and download our Fireworks Education flyer (available in both English and Spanish).

For more information, call Aurora Fire Rescue at 303.326.8999. The maximum possible penalty for a violation of the fireworks ordinance is a fine of up to $2,650 and/or up to one year in jail and other fees and costs as imposed by the court.

Important Note: The city's Fire Chief has the right to ban the sale, use, possession or discharge of fireworks as conditions dictate.

Non-Emergency Fireworks Reporting Hotline in Aurora. The number for reporting non-emergency illegal firework usage in Aurora is (303) 627-5678, that line is available July 1 at 6 a.m. through July 4th. We have set this hotline up because it is important that we keep our 911 lines open for life-threatening emergencies. The hotline is NOT FOR EMERGENCIES and it is possible that neither police nor fire will respond to the reports that are made there. Also, if you'd like to report illegal fireworks online, use (and click "Fireworks Feedback"). This is also for non-emergencies only. Happy Independence Day. Please be safe!

Fireworks in Colorado’s semi-arid to very-arid climate
Our city is situated in a dry part of the country and the use of recreational fires, grills, fire pits, and even fireworks come with fire risks. On a regular basis, Aurora Fire Rescue takes a close look at short & long range weather forecasts, fuel moistures, local & regional fire activity, and national preparedness levels. This evaluation could be followed by a ban on fireworks and other open flames. Conditions will continue to be monitored for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The sale and use of fireworks will be dependent on these conditions.

For more information about fire activities that are permissible by city code, please visit our Burning Restrictions page. Additional questions and concerns can be directed to Aurora Fire Rescue at [email protected].

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