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Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

All three counties in the Roaring Fork Valley are under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which meant a prohibition on fireworks over Fourth of July weekend. Sheriff’s offices in Pitkin and Eagle Counties said they responded to a handful of reports involving fireworks, but they were all minor incidents and didn’t result in any citations.

Officials say the Colorado town of Breckenridge has cancelled its New Year's Eve fireworks display over environmental considerations.

Summit Daily reports the decision was a continuation of the town's decision earlier this year to celebrate holidays in ways that have less environmental impact. 


Even without fire restrictions in place, many towns in the Roaring Fork Valley are celebrating Independence Day with firework alternatives.

After several years of drought, city and county officials have decided fireworks aren’t worth the risk, and even though it’s been a wet winter, towns are reluctant to count on weather while planning celebrations. 

Pitkin County Bans Fireworks For Summer

May 8, 2019
Aspen Chamber

A state law passed this spring allows counties to outlaw firework; Pitkin County Sheriff Joe Di Salvo wants to do just that.

At a county commissioners meeting, Di Salvo made the case to ban fireworks from May 31 to July 5.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Stage one fire restrictions went into effect Tuesday in Pitkin and Eagle Counties because of dry conditions and high temperatures.

It’s been over a month since the Aspen area has seen significant rainfall, and the smaller grasses and brush present fire danger. Aspen Fire Marshall Parker Lathrop said that’s why there will be no fireworks over Aspen Mountain to celebrate Independence Day this year.

Marci Krivonen

ESPN is asking Pitkin County to consider allowing alcohol and fireworks at the upcoming X Games. An official from the network went before county commissioners on Tuesday with the requests. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

ESPN officials say they want to enhance the X Games experience at the base of Buttermilk. That’s the site where athletes test their skills on the superpipe and throw tricks on jumps and rails.