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Leave fireworks to the pros this Fourth of July

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Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” For many, the Fourth of July conjures up images of backyard barbecues, Main Street parades and of course, fireworks.

In light of the dry early summer, though, authorities once again this year are asking people to refrain from lighting their own fireworks and are backing up their request with stiff penalties.

“With the warm and drying conditions we are experiencing in Summit County, firefighters are on heightened alert this week,” said Lake Dillon Fire District Deputy Chief Jeff Berino.

In Colorado, legal fireworks are limited to those that do not leave the ground, including items like sparklers, fountains and snakes currently being sold in local Summit County grocery and retail stores.

Some jurisdictions, including the Town of Blue River, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, do not allow fireworks of any kind.

Penalties for lighting fireworks on Forest Service land can range up to $5,000 in fines or six months in jail.

“The threat to our community and firefighters increases during holiday seasons,” said Red, White and Blue Fire Marshal Jay Nelson.

“We try to minimize that threat through education and cooperation with local law enforcement.”

In addition to posing significant wildfire danger, fireworks can be dangerous when not used properly.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 10,000 people in the country are injured by fireworks every year, and one out of every three people injured are younger than 15 years old.

Numerous fireworks displays will be happening throughout Summit County this holiday weekend, giving residents and visitors the chance to observe awe-inspiring pyrotechnics from a safe distance.

July 4th fireworks shows will be held at 9:30 p.m. over Lake Dillon, in the Town of Breckenridge and over Keystone Lake.

Copper Mountain will hold its firework show on Saturday at 9:55 p.m. over West Lake.

To reduce potential fires this holiday weekend, both the Red, White and Blue and Lake Dillon fire departments have banned open burning from today through Sunday.

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