The Falcon Fire Protection District offers the following information for the benefit of residents and visitors to our area. While certain fireworks are legal to use in unincorporated areas of El Paso County (subject to burn restrictions issued by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office), we encourage everyone to instead enjoy professional fireworks displays such as the annual display at Meridian Ranch. 

Fireworks by the numbers

(Courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association)

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.


Sparklers are pretty to look at, but they burn at 1,200°F and caused 41% of fireworks injuries reported in 2013. To illustrate just how hot sparklers burn:

  • Water boils at 212°F
  • Cakes bake at 350°F
  • Wood burns at 575°F
  • Glass melts at 900°F

Click here to watch an informative safety video produced by Saint Thomas Health. 

Glow sticks are a safe alternative to sparklers.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Which types of fireworks are legal in Falcon? 

Consumer fireworks that do not fly through the air, explode, or shoot balls of flame are generally legal in unincorporated areas of El Paso County as long as burn restrictions are not in effect. 

Permissible fireworks include:

Ground spinners
Smoke Bombs
Small cars/tanks with pyrotechnics 

Unlawful fireworks include:

Bottle rockets
Firecrackers of any type
Roman candles 

Is it really necessary to keep a water hose handy while using fireworks? 

Yes! You should always have some sort of water supply, such as a garden hose or a bucket of water, close at hand while using fireworks. 

Am I liable for any fires that my fireworks ignite? 

Yes. You will be held responsible if your use of fireworks results in a fire, property damage, and/or injuries. You could also face charges under state arson statutes.  

Who can I call to report illegal fireworks?  

Call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Dispatch center at 719-390-5555. Call 911 if you need to report an emergency such as a fire. Please do NOT call the Falcon Fire Department directly. Firefighters may not be at the station to take your call, and you will have to call one of the listed numbers anyway. 

The following violations are Class 3 Misdemeanors:

  • CRS 12-28-102 (1) Unlawful use or sale of fireworks​:  Unlawful for any person to knowingly furnish to any person who is under sixteen years of  age, by gift, sale or any other means, any fireworks, including permissible fireworks.  Juveniles may possess or discharge when under adult supervision.
  • CRS 12-28-102 (2) Unlawful use or sale of fireworks:  Unlawful for any person under sixteen years of age to purchase any fireworks, including permissible fireworks.
  • CRS 12-28-102 (3) Unlawful use or sale of fireworks:  Possession or discharge of fireworks other than permissible fireworks. 

Should the County go into open burning restrictions, which includes Red Flag Days, the sale or use of permissible fireworks will be prohibited. Persons found using permissible fireworks may be charged with a violation if open burning restrictions go in effect.


El Paso County Sheriff's Office Press Release on Fireworks 2019

Click here.

Colorado Fire Bans and Fire Danger

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National Fire Protection Association – Fireworks Safety Information

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