Are you ready for some fireworks?
July 3, 2017
Despite a lot of recent wildfire activity in Northwest Colorado and neighboring Utah, local officials will move forward with Craig's Fourth of July fireworks display on Tuesday night.
Hot and dry weather conditions kept the Craig area under a red flag warning by the National Weather Service last week, but Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said no fire bans are currently in effect in Moffat County.
"We take the fire conditions very seriously and our weather conditions, we are constantly monitoring that," Hume said. "We have weekly calls that address the indices that would lead us to fire restrictions or fire bans and we haven't reached that point."
Craig's annual fireworks display will go on at dusk on Tuesday evening. The show is funded at a cost of approximately $8,000, according to Hume, by the City of Craig, Moffat County and the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, which also manages the display.
Hume encouraged community members to refrain from putting on their own displays.
"My recommendation is to leave the fireworks to the professionals, as opposed to engaging in activity that can certainly be dangerous to the public and cause wildfires," Hume said.
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Colorado law prohibits basically anything that leaves the ground or explodes, Hume said. Permitted fireworks include fountains, ground spinners, smoke bombs, sparklers and small cars or tanks with limited pyrotechnics.
Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, mortars, roman candles, bottle rockets, cherry bombs and M80s. Possession of illegal fireworks in Colorado can be punishable by a fine of $50 to $750 and up to six months in jail.