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Which fireworks are legal or illegal?

Which fireworks are legal or illegal?

Fireworks that explode, emit a loud bang, leave the ground due to an explosive charge, or fly through the air self-propelled are always illegal for handling, possession, sale, storage, and/or use within the City of Westminster and the State of Colorado, unless used in conjunction with an approved public firework display, authorized by a Fire Department permit. 

Illegal fireworks include:

  • Toy cannons
  • Toy cones
  • Toy pistols
  • Blank cartridges
  • Firecrackers
  • Torpedoes
  • Skyrockets
  • Roman candles
  • Or any tablets or device containing any explosive substances

Handling, possession, sale or use of illegal fireworks is a violation of Westminster Municipal Code 6-8-2 and is subject to issuance of a City of Westminster Municipal Court Summons.

Specific to the possession and use of “permissible fireworks” in the city:

From midnight July 3 until noon on July 5, the Westminster Municipal Code 11-10-7 allows State of Colorado defined “permissible fireworks.” The intent of this ordinance is to allow Westminster families to celebrate the July 4th holiday and not subject neighbors to undue noise disruption.

Permissible fireworks are “non-explosive” pyrotechnics that are not intended to leave the ground or create a loud noise and include:

  • Sparklers
  • Fountains
  • Ground spinners
  • Illuminating torches
  • Dipped sticks
  • Trick noise makers

For additional information call the Westminster Fire Department at 303-658-4500.

To report illegal use or possession of fireworks, call the non-emergency police/fire line at 303-658-4360. 

Please do not send video in on our social media sites. If you have video, contact 303-658-4360.

If there is a fire or injury related to fireworks, call 911.

For chronic violators, you can leave an anonymous tip at 303-706-3812. Officers will contact the home/violator but cannot issue a summons.


En la ciudad de Westminster SE PROHIBEN los fuegos artificiales que explotan, vuelan o causan un estallido.

Se permitirán los fuegos artificiales no explosivos como las bengalas (“sparklers”) y las fuentes (“fountains”) solamente entre las 12:00 a.m. del 3 de julio hasta las 12:00 p.m. del 5 de julio.

Si manipula, posee, vende, almacena o utiliza fuegos artificiales ilegales en la ciudad de Westminster, podría ser multado por el Departamento de Policía.

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