State Laws & Regulations in Colorado 

Specifically Permitted Cylindrical and cone fountains, ground spinners, torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, snakes and glow worms, trick noisemakers, and certain other novelties. These items are subject to size and chemical composition limitations.
Specifically Prohibited Firecrackers, aerial devices, audible ground devices, and any fireworks not specifically permitted.
Age of purchase 16 years of age
Display permit Apply to local authorities at least 30 days before display date, or to Division of Fire Safety if no local authority. Valid for only one date or event and location. Fee: 10% of cost of display ($500 max.)
Insurance No requirements in state law. May be required by local authorities
Operator Display must be handled by an operator certified by the state. With certain exceptions, written exam required. Exam fee: $30. Apply to Division of Fire Safety. Certification fee: $25.
STORAGE Must comply with building and fire codes adopted by the governing body. If no code has been adopted, then storage shall be in accordance with the fire code adopted by the director of the division of fire prevention and control within the dept. of public safety.

Manufacturing, wholesale, and retail licenses required annually; apply to Division of Fire Safety at least 30 days in advance of activity. The License is valid through Sept. 1 of the following year. Retail licenses are good for the calendar year in which issued.

Exporter $ 1,500

Wholesaler $ 1,500

Display $ 1,500

Retailer (per location) $ 50


Colorado Department of Public Safety

Director of the Division of Fire Prevention

690 Kipling Street, Suite 2000 Lakewood, CO 80215

(303) 239-4600; (303) 239-4101

LAW NUMBER Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 12-28-101 through 12-28-111; 8 Colo. Code Regs. §§ 1507-12:1.0 through 1507-12:13.1

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