Colorado State University Encourages Safe Holiday Weekend

The Fourth of July means a three-day weekend filled with summer fun and tradition. But for some, the holiday also means a barrage of fireworks going off in neighborhoods close to the Colorado State University campus. Each year, neighbors around campus get frustrated with illegal fireworks being set off at inopportune times of the day and night.

Fireworks of any kind are illegal in the city of Fort Collins. The penalty for a fireworks violation will result in confiscation of the fireworks, issuance of a summons into municipal court and a fine of $250. Fireworks should be left to professionals to avoid a summons, costly fine, possible fireworks-related injury and fire danger. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, 7,000 people last year were treated for fireworks-related injuries. In 2007, 9,800 fireworks-related injuries were reported.

Last July 4th, Fort Collins Police Services received 355 fireworks complaints. Police and Poudre Fire Authority officials emphasize that the use of fireworks within the city limits can present a fire danger to homes and property.

Fireworks also can be a nuisance to pets. Larimer County Animal Control impounded 10 dogs on July 4, 2008, and 175 calls for service came into Larimer County Animal Control over that three-day holiday weekend. In some cases, the dogs were left outside while their owners were elsewhere. Pets that are home alone during the Fourth should be left inside or other secure places where they will feel safe. For helpful behavioral tips regarding dogs and loud noises, visit the Larimer Humane Society website at

Fort Collins and Colorado State University police departments and the Poudre Fire Authority officials said that increased enforcement will be in place for people who bring fireworks of any kind into the city.

The city of Fort Collins will host a show in a safe and controlled environment at 9:35 p.m. Saturday in City Park. Pets, alcohol and fireworks are not allowed.