Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order D2012-015 imposes a statewide ban on open burning, including a statewide prohibition on the use of fireworks. Included in the order is the authority for the sheriff of each county to grant exception to this prohibition if a particular use is deemed safe and subject to mitigation.
Due to the current extremely dry conditions and high fire danger, Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver in conjunction with the Executive Board of the Douglas County Fire Chiefs Association has decided it would be contrary to the safety and welfare of the citizens of Douglas County to approve any public fireworks displays for the 4th of July. Sheriff Weaver and the Douglas County Fire Chiefs appreciate the tradition of fireworks displays in respect to celebrating the birthday of our nation and have put much consideration into the decision to make this sacrifice.
In addition, under the current stage 2 fire restrictions in place in Douglas County the use and sale of personal fireworks is also prohibited. The ban on personal fireworks will be strictly enforced by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and any person found to be using fireworks will be cited and any fireworks will be confiscated. Sheriff Weaver is asking for the voluntary cooperation of the citizens of Douglas County to help keep this year’s 4th of July celebration safe by adhering to the fireworks restriction.
Sheriff Weaver would like to encourage residents to enjoy the many 4th of July celebrations and events taking place throughout the county including the open house from 11am – 3pm on the 4th of July, at the Douglas County Highlands Ranch substation located at 9250 Zotos Drive, in Highlands Ranch. Sheriff Weaver also wishes all citizens a safe and enjoyable evening at their personal 4th of July celebrations and would like to remind citizens, if you choose to drink or serve alcohol during your holiday festivities, drinking and driving is simply not an option, so designate a sober driver before you attend a party.