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Sheriff’s office: Be safe with fireworks

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office urges extreme caution if you are planning to have a private fireworks display this year.

While Garfield County has no fire ban in place, people using fireworks must follow state and local rules. Failure to do so could result in fines or arrest, depending on the severity of the infraction and the consequences resulting from any carelessness.

If a fire can be traced back to an individual or group, that group or individual can be held responsible. This may include the loss of property, injuries to fellow citizens or first responders as well as the costs to the fire district associated with mitigating the fire. In the extreme case of a fire resulting in a death the consequences can be severe.

The sheriff’s office advises finding out which towns or associations are having a firework displays (see the Post Independent’s Scene section on Friday) and leaving the work and cost to the professionals.

Remember, too, that personal fireworks of any type are never allowed in our national parks, forests or wild lands.

A simple rule of thumb in Colorado is: “If it goes bang or leaves the ground, it’s illegal.”

The Colorado Revised Statutes governing fireworks are listed under 12-28-101 through 12-28-113. If you have any questions please review these statutes, which can be found online or through your local library.

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