Annual Lake Loveland Professional Fireworks Show
For information on the City of Loveland’s 4th of July Festival and professional fireworks display at North Lake Park, please click here.
Fireworks Information and Reporting Hotline
The City of Loveland has established a hotline for citizens to call for information related to the City’s 4th of July Festival and fireworks show, as well as information about how to report the use of illegal fireworks. The hotline phone number is (970) 962-2110.
Legal vs. Illegal
The City of Loveland and the State of Colorado have restrictions on the types of fireworks that are considered to be legal. There are also laws in place that regulate the use of legal fireworks. These laws can vary from one jurisdiction to another, so be sure to check with your local law enforcement or other applicable city or county government agencies. Permissible (legal) fireworks include items such as sparklers, fountains, smoke balls, items with crackle and strobe effects, wheels and spinners, and various novelty items. These types of fireworks are allowed to be sold (with permit only) and used within the Loveland city limits and within unincorporated Larimer County, however, there are age restrictions to consider. Fireworks are not to be possessed or used by children under the age of 16 without direct adult supervision.
Non-permissible (illegal) fireworks are those which explode and/or leave the ground, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman Candles, aerials, missiles, and other similar items. These items are not permissible for either sale or use within the State of Colorado, with the exception of commercial-grade pyrotechnics used by licensed and permitted pyrotechnics technicians for public and private displays. Permits for these displays must be obtained from the applicable local government agencies.
Fireworks present a serious risk of causing accidental fire, injuries, and even death. Because of the extreme risks that fireworks pose, there are legal restrictions placed on the sale, possession, and use of fireworks. Keep in mind that all types of fireworks can be dangerous, including those types which are considered to be permissible in some jurisdictions. Sparklers, which many people incorrectly assume to be a completely safe item, burn at temperatures above 1,000° Fahrenheit, which can easily cause burn injuries and result in accidental fires.
Recent statistics show that 8,000 to 12,000 people are treated in hospitals each year in the U.S. for fireworks-related injuries. About half of these injuries occur to children under the age of 15. Nearly 40% of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by permissible-type fireworks, such as sparklers, fountains, and novelty items. Illegal fireworks can be even more dangerous and account for over 60% of fireworks-related injuries each year.
To avoid the risks of fire and injury that are associated with the use of consumer fireworks, citizens are encouraged to enjoy Loveland’s city-sponsored and -permitted annual fireworks display. This show is traditionally one of the best Independence Day pyrotechnics displays in the state, and attendance is free! This City’s annual show, Lake Loveland Thunder, will take place at North Lake Park near Lake Loveland. The display, which will last approximately 30 minutes, will begin shortly after sunset. For safety reasons, there will be some restricted access areas for this event, including some portions of the lake and the park, so be sure to observe and obey posted signs and barriers.
If you do choose to purchase and use consumer fireworks, be sure to follow these safety precautions:
- Only purchase and use fireworks that are permissible in your area.
- Read the labels for proper use and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Do not allow children to handle fireworks without direct adult supervision.
- Only use fireworks in a safe area that is clear of combustible materials.
- Have a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby at all times.
- Ensure that all spectators are a safe distance away from fireworks.
- Be courteous and sensitive to the affects of the use of fireworks to your neighbors and pets.
For more information about fireworks safety, click here to download a Safety Sheet.
In order to help reduce the risk of injuries and fires, the City of Loveland has adopted a “no tolerance” policy in regard to illegal fireworks and will be issuing citations to persons using or possessing non-permissible fireworks. Illegal fireworks will be confiscated and destroyed. Fireworks violation citations will require a mandatory court appearance and can result in penalties that could include substantial fines and the possibility of jail time. The Loveland Police Department will be conducting fireworks enforcement and will be responding to reports of illegal fireworks usage, as available, depending upon prioritization of incident responses and call volume. To report the use of illegal fireworks, please call the fireworks hotline at (970) 962-2110* or police dispatch at (970) 667-2151.
(*Please note that the fireworks hotline is only active at the peak fireworks season around the Independence Day holiday.)