What comes to mind when you think about the Fourth of July? Most people will tell you parades, picnics, rodeos and fun.
What comes to mind when you think about the Fourth of July? Most people will tell you parades, picnics, rodeos and fun. Many people will add fireworks to that list as well. Each year we remind residents about fireworks safety and the laws governing their use. As in years past, the Fort Morgan Police Department will be strictly enforcing the City’s ordinance covering fireworks.
Many of us are familiar with many of the rules we have heard before, including that fireworks which leave the ground or explode are illegal. Some examples of illegal fireworks include bottle rockets, firecrackers (of any type), mortars and Roman candles. It is also illegal for anyone under 16 years of age to purchase fireworks and use of fireworks by a person under 16 must be under direct adult supervision.
Fort Morgan’s City Code strictly limits what is allowed within city limits. Items permitted include cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wheels, dipped sticks and sparklers, smoke devices, and toy cars or tanks with pyrotechnics.
The listed fireworks are only allowed between the dates of June 1st and July 15th and can only be discharged between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (The exception is July 4th, when fireworks can be used until midnight.) It is unlawful to use fireworks on public property, including in parks.
Other restrictions on the use of fireworks prohibit the use or discharge of any fireworks within 1,000 feet of any hospital, nursing home or infirmary. Common sense restrictions include making it unlawful to use fireworks in, on or under an automobile, whether moving or standing still, and prohibit igniting fireworks within 50 feet of a gas station or fireworks stand.
Of course, the use of fireworks permitted under city code may be suspended at any time when it’s determined that their use could pose a threat to the community as a result of drought or other condition, so it is wise to stay informed about conditions in the City.
The Fourth of July is a time for parades, picnics, rodeos fun and fireworks. Don’t let carelessness cost you more than your fireworks did. Follow the law and use common sense this Independence Day.